Get ready for the new “QLine.” And I’m not talking about a train along Woodward.
I’m referring to the current endeavors of Anqunette Jamison Sarfoh, the former Fox 2 newswoman known as Q.
Sarfoh has used cannabis to treat the symptoms of her multiple sclerosis for some years, and since retiring from TV news she has become a spokesperson for some pro cannabis groups. She supports the MI Legalize effort and plans to speak at the 2018 Ann Arbor Hash Bash, but says she turned down the opportunity to speak for Proposals A and B because she only agreed with some of their provisions. (They passed.)
Last week, in the midst of denying permits to six other facilities, the Board of Zoning Appeals granted the request of one applicant located in the Corktown area. It may have helped that Q is one of the owners and spoke on its behalf along with a number of patients, as well as former Deputy Mayor and Chief of Police Isaiah McKinnon. Even the Corktown Business Association is on board. Q spent time obtaining signatures in the community and drumming up support from local groups. She was prepared.
It also helped that the location is compliant with all of the strict city zoning codes set up in 2016. In fact, marijuana fighter Winifred Blackmon and a couple of his associates who showed up at the hearing to speak against any zoning appeals didn’t have much fodder on this one. Other places were denied permits because they were closer than the required 1,000 feet from liquor stores, and one place was denied because it is 990 feet (as the crow flies) from a park. Regarding Q’s location, Blackmon wrote in an email to supporters, “This proposed location was not in violation of any 1,000-foot spacing but