Local officials are beginning to decide if they want medical marijuana businesses in their communities before the state starts giving out licenses next year. Wochit
The Reef, a medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit, offers about 60 different strains in September 2017.(Photo: Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo
In a surprise move late Friday, a Wayne County Circuit Court judge overturned a voter-approved medical marijuana initiative that would have relaxed local control in Detroit this year.
The initiative, placed on the November ballot as Proposal B, specified which zoning districts medical marijuana-related facilities could be located within in Detroit. It would have allowed provisioning centers and processors in all business and industrial districts, including downtown and Midtown.
Chief Judge Robert Colombo Jr. also partially overturned the zoning portion of a separate medical initiative, Proposal A, that sought to allow dispensaries to open within 500 feet of another dispensary; near liquor, beer and wine stores; child care centers, arcades and parks.
The decisions came after Colombo, earlier in the day, dismissed two cases that had sought similar action — one brought by VK Real Estate Holdings III LLC, a company seeking a medical marijuana license to operate in the city, and the other by Detroit residents Marcus Cummins and Deborah Omokehinde. Colombo ruled they had failed to establish standing or show “special injury.”
The dismissal seemed to deliver a victory to Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform, the group that had brought forward the two initiatives last year.
Colombo said, however, the city could proceed with a lawsuit or motion of its own seeking to overturn the two initiatives.