Detroit Put Limit on the Number of Pot Shops 
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Detroit Put Limit on the Number of Pot Shops 
Posted by CN Staff on July 31, 2018 at 11:26:26 PT
By Katrease Stafford and Kathleen Gray
Source: Detroit Free Press
Michigan -- Only 75 medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to legally operate in Detroit, after the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an ordinance that caps the number of facilities citywide and puts more regulations in place on the budding industry.The ordinance, proposed by council member James Tate, establishes rules for five types of medical marijuana licenses including locations where medical marijuana could be grown, tested, processed, transported and dispensed to patients with state-approved medical marijuana cards.
The ordinance, which passed the council without any debate, also encourages prospective owners of medical marijuana facilities to offer community benefits as part of their application for approval. It also regulates how dispensaries and other related operations would be approved by the city and what size they could be.The timing of the ordinance is critical to roughly 62 dispensaries that are operating in the city under emergency rules approved by the state. If those retail outlets don't get a license from the state by Sept. 15, they'll have to shut down or risk their chances of getting a license."Itís definitely a long time coming for a lot of people. This allows us to have a clear understanding on how we move forward," said Rush Hasan, a consultant for The Reef, a dispensary in Detroit. "And now everyone is in the same boat because we have that deadline pressure."The Legislature approved regulating and taxing the medical marijuana industry in December 2016 and began accepting license applications on Dec. 15. The Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation has accepted 627 applications for medical marijuana businesses. The Medical Marijuana Licensing Board awarded the first seven licenses last month and will meet again next week to consider more applications.The city council vote comes after a Wayne County Circuit Court judge in February overturned a voter-approved medical marijuana initiative that would have relaxed local control in Detroit this year.The initiative, placed on the November ballot last year as Proposal B, specified in which zoning districts medical marijuana-related facilities could be located within Detroit. It would have allowed dispensaries and processors in all business and industrial districts, including downtown and Midtown.Chief Judge Robert Colombo Jr. also partially overturned the zoning portion of a separate medical initiative, Proposal A, that sought to allow dispensaries to open within 500 feet of another dispensary and near liquor, beer and wine stores, child care centers, arcades and parks. The proposed ordinance has raised concerns among some within the marijuana industry who feel it is short-sighted.Amir Makled, a medical marijuana attorney who represents some Detroit dispensary clients, said earlier he believes the city has the power to draft the ordinance, but he thinks it goes "against the will of the voters," who overwhelmingly approved both ballot initiatives."However, I understand the city has an interest in curtailing the amount of dispensaries they have or medical marijuana facilities," Makled said. "But I think they should have allowed the market to determine what was a reasonable amount of facilities to have." Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia previously said the new ordinance clarifies the cityís regulatory role. Garcia said the ordinance resolves some of the "confusion created by some of the misguided zoning restrictions" that were part of the ballot initiatives.The medical marijuana ordinance could morph into rules for recreational weed production and sales in Michigan if statewide voters approve a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use on Nov. 6.Katrease Stafford is the Detroit government watchdog reporter for the Free Press, covering city issues and the community. Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)Author: Katrease Stafford and Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free PressPublished: July 31, 2018Copyright: 2018 Detroit Free PressWebsite: letters freepress.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on August 07, 2018 at 21:53:08 PT
More Mumbo-Jumbo from Michigan Courts
'Wet marijuana' illegal in Michigan, appeals court rules.
Updated Jul 27; Posted Jul 25 [2018].
By Amy Biolchini abiolch1 .
Medical marijuana caregivers and cultivators in Michigan can't process their plants without breaking the law as a result of a Michigan Court of Appeals decision this month, according to cannabis lawyers.
More... marijuana? Are you kidding? I had to look that up because I never heard of it before.See you in November! 
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on August 01, 2018 at 19:17:29 PT
another CBD raid
CBD raids are a sign of desperation by LEO, they know the end is coming soon, even Texas is going to legalize, they just went to this guy's house and robbed him: Raids Green Gorilla in Texas, Takes Legal CBD and $170,000
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on August 01, 2018 at 12:13:51 PT
From the article in comment 1... "Where does the marijuana money go?"I really like that chart they show there. Very good! It's even better than I had hoped for. It's wonderful.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on July 31, 2018 at 15:17:59 PT
Forward We go.
I haven't read this article or the one You posted FoM, however, this is only a start. going from caging people toward not caging people and things will continue for the better in that direction.In almost all circumstances it's not enough but continuously gets better.And for Detroit and Michigan the state will have the opportunity to turn things around on the prohibitionists on a larger scale.We are winners. Prohibitionist are losers. Simple math.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on July 31, 2018 at 11:41:36 PT
Interesting article with pictures etc.
What Michigan Needs to Learn from Colorado's Legalized MarijuanaURL:
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