City to consider cap on medical marijuana centers

City to consider cap on medical marijuana centers

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Detroit — City officials are considering a new proposal that would cap the number of medical marijuana facilities operating in the city to 75 and lay out regulations for where they can locate. The ordinance, which also includes provisions for how large the operations can be, is the latest by Detroit to combat a proliferation of so-called pot shops in the city in recent years. Detroit City Councilman James Tate submitted the zoning ordinance changes last month to the City Planning Commission for a review and recommendation. The ordinance will then be introduced for council’s consideration. The legislation would establish rules for facilities in Detroit that grow, test, process, transport and dispense medical marijuana to patients with state-approved medical marijuana cards. It also would encourage medical marijuana operators to provide community benefits in their licensing operations, city officials said. “The goal has always been to ensure that we have an industry that is respectful of the neighborhoods, the communities it is located in, but also considerate to individuals seeking safe access to alternative medication," Tate said in a statement. "This ordinance balances those two needs with the preservation of neighborhoods being the top priority.” The ordinance would not impact state or federal laws regarding marijuana facilities or the possession and use of marijuana. Nor would it close the 57 dispensaries currently operating legally in Detroit on temporary authorization from the city and state, officials said. If approved, the ordinance would establish new rules clarifying the city’s zoning and space regulations clouded by ballot proposals passed by Detroit voters in 2017. The ballot initiatives, officials said, moved the city in-line with state law regarding the licensing and regulation of medical marijuana facilities but left questions about zoning restrictions. The latest proposal aims to clarify the city’s spacing and "drug-free zone" […]

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