Medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit can get temporary reprieve

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit can get temporary reprieve

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Local officials are beginning to decide if they want medical marijuana businesses in their communities before the state starts giving out licenses next year. Wochit Buy Photo Detroit’s 62 medical marijuana dispensaries can get a reprieve and continue to operate after Feb. 15 despite continuing confusion and uncertainty over the city’s medical cannabis ordinances. As they work through legal challenges to the two ordinances passed by Detroit voters in November, the city will offer the necessary paperwork for dispensary owners to fill out and hand in with their applications for a state license. The reprieve, however, is temporary and could expire on June 15 if the city hasn’t sorted out the challenge by then. “We released a list of 62 (dispensary) addresses to the state, letting them know that those locations have received some sort of approval and that they could apply for a license from the state,” said Kim James, spokeswoman for the city. Those approvals were given before the city’s new ordinances went into effect on Jan. 4. The city won’t be accepting applications under the new ordinances while it’s still facing a legal challenge. But the state will accept the approvals given under the old ordinance so that the businesses can stay open while they’re waiting for the state to complete background checks that are required before a license can be awarded. Dispensary owners will have to go to the City Clerk’s office with their application for a state license, a photo identification and proof that they represent one of the 62 locations that have received zoning approval from the city. They can get the written “attestation” of that zoning approval from the clerk, which they can then submit to the state with their application for a license. “We’ll notarize it so they can continue operating […]

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