Three out of four Michigan communities have opted out of medical program

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A recent survey found that three out of four communities in Michigan do not want cannabis businesses in their area.

The survey was conducted by the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. Township officials were polled about whether or not they’ve opted in or out of Michigan’s medical cannabis program. The survey found that 75 percent of officials had opted out of the program.

The survey was conducted online for the majority of communities and some by mail. There was a 70 percent response rate according to Tom Ivacko, the associate director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy.

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According to the results of the survey, only eight percent of the communities who responded said they opted into Michigan’s Medical Marihuana and Facilities Licensing Act, which allows cannabis businesses to open within that municipality.

The survey found that 42 percent of communities have experienced problems with medical cannabis in their community with only 21 percent seeing the benefits. That hasn’t stopped the more than 700 marijuana businesses submitting applications to the state, according to the numbers from state regulators.

Voters in Michigan will vote whether or not to legalize recreational cannabis for adult use on November 6. The proposed law would allow communities to decide whether or not to allow recreational businesses in their area, just as medical cannabis is treated in the state.

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