Developer Paul McKee hasn’t paid taxes to the city for two years on the 1,500 acres of land of the stalled NorthSide Regeneration project.
The council defeated a proposal to limit penalties for possession of the drug and declined to place an alternative proposal on the ballot.
People caught with small amounts of marijuana in Columbia usually only face a small fine and now a trio of Democratic state lawmakers want to make that the case for the entire state.
The council approved the ordinance Monday. But council members said they plan to amend the bill before it takes effect in 30 days.