Judge Overturns Detroit Medical Cannabis Initiative

Judge Overturns Detroit Medical Cannabis Initiative

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In the city of Detroit, the group Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform is weighing its legal options after Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Colombo, Jr., overturned Measure B, a Detroit medical cannabis initiative aimed at relaxing local control on the city’s medical cannabis industry, on Feb. 16, 2018.

The measure, which was approved by Detroit voters in the last November election, altered the city’s medical cannabis regulations and would have allowed medical cannabis dispensaries and processors to open in all business and industrial districts.

Also included in the ruling was a partial repeal of Measure A, which removed certain buffer zone requirements and allowed medical cannabis dispensaries to open within 500 feet of another dispensary or religious institution. The partial repeal did not include, however, the provision requiring Detroit to opt-in to the state’s licensing and regulatory framework for medical cannabis.

This latest decision came two days after the Detroit City Council passed a moratorium on issuing new medical cannabis licenses in order to deal with the slew of legal challenges to the voter-approved initiatives.

Speaking with the Detroit Free Press, Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform spokesman Jonathan Barlow said that the group has not decided how to challenge this latest court decision.

“Currently, we are examining all options before moving forward with any course of action,” Barlow said. “However, we are disappointed in that the city refuses to have dialogue with us in order to help minorities in the industry.”

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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