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New rules for medical marijuana dispensaries

Posted: 6:58 AM, Dec 17, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-17 20:07:49-05
Public meeting on medical marijuana dispensaries
Public meeting on medical marijuana dispensaries
Public meeting on medical marijuana dispensaries

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit are facing new rules following a new vote by Detroit City Council.

The Detroit City Council held a public hearing on the new rules for medical marijuana dispensaries today. The measure passed 6 to 1.

This comes after growing outrage over the number of them popping up in the city. Even ministers are speaking out.

The measure is a rezoning ordinance that would restrict where medical pot dispensaries can be in Detroit--including not allowing them within one thousand feet of schools, churches, liquor stores and other dispensaries.

It's a restriction that would force many of the shops to shut down.

One study reveals that there are more than 150 of them in the city right now.

Earlier this week, there was a meeting held at the Spirit of Love church on Mack Avenue - where pastors and community leaders sounded off.

A medical marijuana dispensary is on the same block as the church, with another one right across the street.

But, some medical marijuana patients who support dispensaries are skeptical about the re-zoning, saying they want to have safe access to them, because they rely on the drug for their medical condition.