On Nov. 7, 2017, voters in the Motor City overwhelmingly voted to approve two Detroit medical marijuana ordinances that peel back restrictions on medical marijuana businesses operating within city limits. Both proposals were submitted by the group Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform.
Approved by approximately 60% of the vote, Proposal A eliminates buffer zone requirements for medical marijuana dispensaries operating within proximity of liquor stores, day cares, public parks and arcades.
The measure also opts the city into the state’s medical marijuana licensing laws, allows dispensaries to remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and reduces the buffer zone around churches and other dispensaries from 1,000 feet to 500 feet.
Proposal B, which was approved by approximately 58% of Detroit voters, revokes the Board of Zoning Appeals’ authority to review dispensary applications, eliminates city requirements that prospective dispensaries must hold a public hearing and receive public input before opening and allows dispensaries to operate within the city’s M1-5 industrial districts and B1-5 business districts.
Speaking with The Detroit News, Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform spokesman Jonathan Barlow hailed the electoral victory of the two Detroit medical marijuana ordinances and said that the proposals will offer the city’s dispensaries, and the application process, a clean slate.
“Our biggest thing was the economic opportunity for the city,” Barlow said.