Petitions to halt Detroit’s medical marijuana ordinances ruled invalid!

Back on February 5th, we shared the announcement made by the City of Detroit’s Corporation Counsel that medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to place bids to operate beginning on March 1st. In order to qualify for operation, dispensaries are required to comply with the medical marijuana dispensary zoning ordinance passed by the City Council late last year. As one might imagine, some local groups disagree with the implementation of the ordinance. One such group, Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform, filed a petition to halt the zoning and licensing ordinances.

It turns out that the petitions were invalid and will have no effect on the ordinances. According to the City’s legal team, the zoning petition was invalid because, according to state law, it would have had to be submitted within seven days of publication of the ordinance, which would have been in January. The licensing petition needed to be turned into the City Clerk’s office before March 1st, when the ordinance took effect.

We will continue to keep you updated as this process plays out. Click here for the full Crain’s piece and share your thoughts with us. We would love to hear from you!

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