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The Reef, a medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit, offers about 60 different strains in September 2017.(Photo: Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo
A moratorium prohibiting new medical marijuana facilities from opening in Detroit for nearly six months went into effect Wednesday.
A spokesman for Mayor Mike Duggan confirmed to the Free Press that the mayor signed the resolution early Wednesday, a day after the Detroit City Council voted in favor of the 180-day moratorium. The city council cited legal challenges and concerns raised about two voter-approved initiatives that were set to relax local control this year.
The moratorium follows a Michigan Court of Appeals decision last Friday ordering Detroit to accept applications ahead of a Feb. 15 state deadline for applicants who are operating under a temporary operation aspect of emergency rules.
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs spokesman David Harns said yesterday in a statement that, “LARA cannot extend the Feb. 15 deadline (to submit applications) but we will accept relevant court orders in lieu of the attestation in situations where ongoing litigation is delaying medical marijuana applicants from getting their local attestations.”
Councilman James Tate, who drafted the resolution with the city’s law department, said in a Feb. 8 memo obtained by the Free Press that he’s also working to develop new ordinances that would “regulate both licensing and zoning for medical marijuana facilities and medical marijuana caregiver centers.”
The initiatives, which were approved Nov. 7 by 60% of