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Detroit Rising From The Ashes With 180 Marijuana Dispensaries

Detroit Rising From The Ashes With 180 Marijuana Dispensaries

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 01/26/2015 in Medical Marijuana News

Detroit is getting ready to open its doors to 180 medical marijuana dispensaries. But not all of its residents are excited about the Motor City’s move into the medical marijuana marketplace – a marketplace that is proving to produce some of the fastest growing businesses in Detroit to date.

Hailed as being the “next big thing for the city of Detroit”, Councilman James Tate says that, “It’s quiet for folks who are not really paying attention, but everyday it seems like another business is opening up.” In a recent interview with WWJ’s Charlie Langton, Tate said that the number of medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits is “staggering.”

Tate went on further to say, “The estimate is 180 medical marijuana dispensaries within the city of Detroit. I’ve counted 13 in District One myself. We see some locations, certainly along 8 Mile and other border streets, where you have four, five, six kind of clustered together.”

It seems that despite the state addressing laws that allow registered patients to use medical marijuana, for the most part, the matter of dispensing medical marijuana has slipped through the cracks and been left largely unregulated.

“I’m for compassionate care but am also concerned about the over saturation of them. These buildings, they have now just started popping up everywhere and because the state law is not clear on if they’re allowed or not, we take these businesses to court and they just get tied up and they just stay there. We have not won not one case, nothing has been shut down and that’s the reason why. Most of these businesses don’t have a permit, they have no licensing,” said Councilman Tate.

In addition to the legality issues, the councilman explained that he is also concerned for community members who reside nearby these dispensary locations. “We’ve got a lot of complaints about it but some of that is emotional because they just don’t like the issue. The other part of it is people are not educated on it. It’s not about being against it. It’s about making sure that we’re able to regulate it in a way that ensures the best quality of life for the residents who live in that area,” said Tate.

But as the councilman pointed out, not much can be done until lawmakers in Lansing redefine the medical marijuana law to include measures pertaining to cannabis dispensaries. “We’re trying to get state law clarified to allow us to provide the tools necessary for our law enforcement to go in and regulate those businesses. But it’s a lot bigger than just Detroit and we’re going to need some support from around the state,” said Councilman James Tate in closing.

“The sooner the state lawmakers in Lansing can redefine the Michigan medical marijuana laws to clearly and stipulate measures for medical marijuana dispensaries the better. The Michigan medical marijuana program needs to move forward smoothly for the sake of the states patients, however until details like dispensaries are clarified there is going to be a lot of uncertainty that could potentially lead to caregivers being forced to shutdown and cease operation. By regulating the system at the get-go, issues like that can be avoided altogether,” said Jason Draizin, the CEO and founder of an online physician and patient portal called, For the past six years has been helping patients in each of the legal states find a marijuana doctor who has a compassionate understanding of cannabis and its medical treatment. Draizin went on further to say, “As Detroit gets ready to welcome 180 pot shops, we invite all Michigan patients to download the PotLocator app to help them easily navigate the up-and-coming dispensaries. not only finds the closest dispensary to a patient, but it also equips them with coupons, discounts, and deals, for each of the varying locations.

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