Looking At Detroit’s MMMA Dispensary Ordinance
Here in the State of Michigan, Medical Marihuana Dispensaries operate in a gray-area within the law because of the People v McQueen decision rendered by the Michigan Supreme Court. The lack of legislation action has only increased the gray-area for how and if dispensary can operate here within Michigan. Many local municipalities has enacted local ordinances that allow medical marihuana dispensaries to operate within their areas.
Prior to the conclusion of the 2015 year, the City of Detroit passed a local ordinance that would control the operations, location and legality of medical marihuana dispensaries within the city. Detroit’s MMMA dispensary ordinance will cow-tail the pre-existing medical marihuana businesses, which may or may not make some people unhappy. Prior to the passing of the Detroit’s MMMA dispensary ordinance there was approximately 150 or so dispensary already operating within the city. Detroit’s MMMA dispensary ordinance is said to become effective on March 1, 2016, which means there will be some time for preexisting and new operators to take the appropriate steps in order to operate within the city legally.
Detroit’s MMMA dispensary ordinance is said to essentially limit the amount of legal operations to approximately 650 spaces or parcels within Detroit. Moreover, there is not a buffer or free zone within Detroit’s MMMA dispensary ordinance which does not allow a dispensary within 1,000 feet of another dispensary, church, school, city parks, or drug free zones (such as libraries, educational institutions, child care centers, etc.). However, it has been reported that Detroit’s MMMA Dispensary Ordinance does allow for individuals to petition or ask the council for a variance, which would inevitably allow the owner or operator to place his or her location within the 1,000 foot area. This would of course be dependent on the City Council. It has been reported that some individuals believe the new MMMA ordinance for Detroit is far to constrictive, even though it was believed that the law needed to be passed and regulations put into place.
The medical marihuana industry is in constant flux, which is why whenever you are involved in or with medical marihuana you need to ensure that you have someone who will stand by your side. Josh Jones specializes in marihuana defense (both medical and non-medical) and is here to assist you in the do’s and do not’s of the medical marihuana industry as it applies here in the State of Michigan.
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