Detroit Issues Moratorium on New Medical Marijuana Licenses

Detroit Issues Moratorium on New Medical Marijuana Licenses

The City Council approved a 180-day moratorium on new medical marijuana permits and licenses, citing ongoing legal challenges and concerns about two voter-approved initiatives to relax local control this year.

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February 14, 2018

The Detroit City Council approved a 180-day moratorium Tuesday on new medical marijuana permits and licenses, citing ongoing legal challenges and concerns raised about two voter-approved initiatives that were set to relax local control this year.

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." 

"This is a cautionary tale for those who want to seek ballot initiatives with illegal language in them or language that is afoul of proven case law," Tate said before the council Tuesday. "This is what has created this situation ... (Not) working with the city to try and find some common ground. This is a perfect example of things that can go wrong."

The moratorium, according to the resolution, will become effective once it is approved by Mayor Mike Duggan.

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