Detroit Cracking Down on Illegal Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Detroit Cracking Down on Illegal Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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In the Wolverine State, the city of Detroit is cracking down on illegal medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

The crackdown comes in the wake of a city ordinance that went into effect on March 1, 2016, that requires all dispensaries in the city to obtain the business license designed for dispensaries and requires business owners to abide by certain rules and zoning requirements.

For example, Detroit dispensaries are not allowed to come within 1,000 feet of a park, school, church, liquor store or any other medical marijuana dispensary and they are required to close by 8 p.m., with some exceptions allowed.

Speaking with the Detroit Free Press, Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell said that the city has identified 283 illegal medical marijuana dispensaries operating illegally.

“None of them were operating lawfully,” Hollowell said. “At the time I sent a letter to each one of them indicating that unless you have a fully licensed facility, you are operating at your own risk.”

Hollowell goes on to say that 167 dispensaries have been shut down so far, with another 51 slated to close in the coming weeks.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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