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Detroit Legislation Limits Number of Pot Shops

Detroit has been fighting some of the provisions of a statewide voter initiative while trying to control an expected proliferation of pot shops around the city.
August 1, 2018, 8am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Katrease Stafford reports:

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 facilities, including locations where medical marijuana could be grown, tested, processed, transported and dispensed to patients with state-approved medical marijuana cards.

According to Stafford, the city crafted its marijuana dispensary legislation to resolve an legal battle sparked by a statewide vote to relax local regulation of marijuana business. The city decided to challenge the law in court, leading to a moratorium on pot shops and a judge striking down one of the voter-approved initiatives in a Wayne County court.

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Published on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Detroit Free Press
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