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In this context, what do you mean by "political"?

Pure Roots, LLC is trying to open up a marihuana business in Warren, Mi that would employ 100 people. The local government in Warren is resisting their efforts.

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A secret recording was played in a Macomb County courtroom Friday in connection with the ongoing drama surrounding licensing marijuana facilities in Warren.
"The best I can do for you is when you sue, I'll tell the truth. That's the best I can do because that's my policy anyway, right? I'm not going to lie to the court, I'll tell them I was against it for political reasons. It had nothing to do with the value of your application."
According to a lawsuit, the recording is of Warren City Councilman Ron Papandrea.

The article from WDIV does not say specifically what the Councilman was allegedly suggesting. Seems strange to deny Pure Roots a license for "political reasons" when 57% of Michigan residents voted to legalize marihuana for recreational use. What overcomes the "political reasons"? How does a person seeking a license in Warren address this concern? I'm almost afraid to ask.

We should caution that there are two sides to almost every story, but this is not a good look for the City of Warren. Elected officials and local government should not make licensing decisions based on "political reasons."

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