Detroit City Council Passes New Laws for Medical Marijuana Centers

Detroit law creates 1,000-foot buffer zone for marijuana dispensaries.

The Detroit City Council has passed zoning ordinances that will regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. The measures will create zoning restrictions on future centers. Council member James Tate voted against an amendment that would have imposed stricter regulations on the dispensaries.

“My three most important things were to make sure that whatever we put on the table was legal, number two that it was providing access to those individuals who need that medication, and number three that it provided an opportunity for those who want to provide that medicine to those patients, that they had a chance to do that. And I think that removing B2 and B4 took away that true access.”

James Tate​, Detroit City Council Member for District 1

The City Council also agreed to allow medical marijuana centers to go to the Board of Zoning Appeals to seek exemptions on a case-by-case basis. Detroit’s new medical marijuana regulations will go into effect at the beginning of March.


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