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Detroit Freezes Permit Processing After Medical Marijuana Businesses Sue City

Detroit Freezes Permit Processing After Medical Marijuana Businesses Sue City

Matthew Sourgoutsidis
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Medical Marijuana businesses in Detroit banded together to push the cannabis industry forward. But their legal proceedings with the city have brought a freeze to the entire process.

Detroit’s medical marijuana movement went into effect in the early parts of the New Year, but the processing of applications did not go as planned. A number of medical marijuana businesses in Detroit sued the city for failing to process permit applications.

Attorney Michael Stein represents around 20 local marijuana businesses. He says he filed complaints on behalf of “several clients.” He asked courts to put pressure on the city to issue the decisions for applications. Applications have a number of requirements, but businesses feel they were outright ignored. Stein said,

“Detroit’s goal is to make it so nobody can get approval before February 15.”

The application period started Dec. 15 for companies seeking licenses for dispensaries, cultivators, processors, transporters and testing labs. However, medical marijuana businesses only have until Feb. 15 to see their applications approved. Companies that miss the deadline may be forced to close or relocate.

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A marijuana dispensary in Detroit, House of Dank, 3340 E Eight Mile Via Metro Times

Detroit Freezes Medical Marijuana application process

Now it seems medical marijuana businesses will have to wait even longer. Due to the lawsuit, the city of Detroit has frozen the entire application process. The suit claims that the permits were invalidly denied because it violated the city’s old zoning laws. Deputy city corporation counsel Charles Raimi explained why the city chose to freeze the process,

“It would be improper, administratively wasteful and confusing to the public to implement the initiatives or take any action pertaining to permitting or licensing of marijuana facilities while the litigation is pending in Circuit Court.”

Caught in limbo are dozens of entrepreneurs who have made investments to gain entry into an emerging industry as a medical marijuana business. In addition, there are thousands of medical marijuana patients in the area who use it to treat a variety of symptoms. 100,581 residents have medical marijuana cards in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

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