Public hearing set on law for medical marijuana shops

Detroit — An October public hearing is set to gain public feedback on a propose ordinance aimed at regulating where and how medical marijuana centers can operate in Detroit.

The law, crafted by Councilman James Tate, was formally introduced Tuesday at the council’s formal session. The ordinance seeks to limit hours, impose inspection and licensing requirements and a ban on drive-thru windows, among other regulations. The proposal also calls for an amendment to the city’s zoning code to specify where the medical marijuana centers can locate. The council scheduled a public hearing on the plan for Oct. 12.

The effort is the city’s first to regulate the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries in Detroit. If approved, the new rules would apply to existing facilities as well as any future marijuana provisioning centers in the city.

The plan won’t set a cap on the number of facilities permitted. But all current dispensaries...

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