Detroit voters in favor of easing marijuana restrictions

Posted at 1:42 PM, Nov 08, 2017

Unofficial election results show Detroit residents have voted in favor of two ballot proposals that will ease zoning restrictions and other rules surrounding the city's medical marijuana industry.

The first proposal requires the city to opt into a state law that recognizes licenses for growing, testing, processing, transporting and provision centers.

The second proposal expands the zones for medical marijuana facilities to operate. It also removes distance restrictions for dispensaries in proximity to day care centers, liquor stores, parks or arcades.

Unofficial results with all precincts reporting show the measures passed.

The proposals replace Detroit's current strict medical marijuana ordinance the City Council approved in 2016, which has led to the closing of nearly 190 medical marijuana facilities.

The council won't be able to amend the proposals for a year.