A college town in Ann Arbor, Mich. has long taken a permissive stance on marijuana. now the people in town are struggling with a crop of new problems from a result of a recent state law that legalizes it for medical use. You may be asking yourself right now why this is a problem?
In 2004 a ballot initiative reaffirmed the legalization of marijuana allowing for the growing and the use of marijuana for medical purposes. In 2008 Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana across the state, but the new law lacked provisions for the regulation of retail dispensaries. A dozen medical marijuana dispensaries cropped up basically overnight. Out in Ann Arbor newly set-up medical marijuana dispensaries have attracted thousands of state registered patients seeking strains of Steven Tyler Kush and Purple Urkel.
On Monday, the Ann Arbor City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and may vote on permanent zoning rules on medical marijuana shops that generally limit here the dispensaries can be located. The state statute doesn’t offer a lot of guidance to where the dispensaries should go and that is the biggest issue. The council is also crafting licensing rules to cap the number of dispensaries in the state.
I agree that maybe the shops shouldn’t be near a school where underage kids can get quick access to marijuana, but there shouldn’t be a limit of the amount of shops that there can be. If you do that you limit people in becoming legitimate business owners.