Detroit Council May Crack Down On Booming Pot Industry

MICHIGAN: The Detroit City Council is expected take up a second ordinance to regulate the city’s booming medical marijuana industry on Tuesday, although final approval of the measure may not come until January.

The council’s planning and economic development committee on Thursday approved the latest version of ordinances designating where dispensaries can locate. Without those regulations, more than 150 unlicensed and unregulated dispensaries have opened up across the city, raising deep concerns among some residents.

The restrictions would require that dispensaries not be located within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, caregiver centers and places such as liquor stores.

Rules For Marijuana Shops Debated At Detroit Hearing

MICHIGAN: Concerned Detroiters who cringe at the rapid spread of marijuana dispensaries and medical marijuana card-holders who say they rely on the product for treatment packed a public hearing Monday to debate proposed regulations of the city’s medical marijuana industry.

The Detroit City Council is considering a proposal that includes a way to license the city’s approximately 150 medical marijuana shops. The proposal also has zoning restrictions on how close they can operate near schools, churches and other dispensaries.

Eunice Gantt, a lifelong Detroiter, said the growing number of marijuana dispensaries hurts the city’s reputation.  “I’m concerned about the fact there’s so many dispensaries here when you look at other cities,” Gantt said. “We are becoming a laughing joke.”