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Cities react to medical marijuana

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Cities across Michigan are slowly reacting to Michigan's medical marijuana law

Michigan's medical marijuana law is intended "to provide protections for the medical use of marihuana."

But a) it conflicts with federal law, and b) it does not provide details on how and where registered medical marijuana users can get their pot. Confusion reigns around these issues and court battles are heating up.

Some cities accept the state law and are regulating pot dispensaries through ordinances or zoning laws.

Others are refusing to accept the law and are passing ordinances that effectively ban medical marijuana.

Here we plan to keep a running tally of how cities across Michigan are reacting to the medical marijuana law. Let us know if you have more information that should be posted here!

Cities that have banned medical marijuana


Bloomfield Hills



Cities that are regulating medical marijuana activity (information from the Michigan Municipal League)

Columbiaville (GLV) pop. 815 (ordinance regulating the use and possession of medical marihuana and the operation of a medical marihuana dispensary)

Ferndale (HRC) pop. 22,105 ( zoning ordinance changes—adding medical marihuana facility and medical marihuana grow operation)

Fraser (HRC) pop. 15,297 (Resolution establishing moratorium regarding the establishment of businesses engaged in the dispensation or distribution of marihuana)

Garden City (HRC) Pop. 30,047 (zoning ordinance language regulating the location of dispensaries)

Grand Haven (HRC) pop. 11,168 (ordinance regulating medical marijuana care-giving as a "minor" home occupation)

Grand Rapids (HRC) Pop. 197,800 - (Q&A, zoning ordinance amendments, and Home Occupation ordinance)

Hartford (HRC) Pop. 2,476 (requires all establishments that sell medical marijuana to obtain a dispensing license from the city)

Huntington Woods (HRC) Pop. 6,151 (prohibits primary caregivers under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as a home occupation)

Lake Isabella (HRV) pop. 1,243 (classifies a medical marihuana caregiver as a home occupation)

Livonia (HRC) Pop. 100,545 (ordinance banning uses for enterprises or purposes that are contrary to federal, state or local laws or ordinances)

Niles (HRC) Pop. 12,204 (ordinance requiring plants to be grown indoors and the location from which a primary caregiver provides services to a qualifying patient to not be within 1,000 feet of a drug-free school zone)

Roseville (HRC) 48,129 (zoning ordinance language regulating the location of dispensaries)

Saginaw (HRC) Pop. 61,799 - is in preliminary discussions on a zoning ordinance amendment to regulate dispensaries.

Sturgis (HRC) pop. 11,285 (ordinance amendment regulating certain acts by individuals who are qualified patients or primary caregivers)

Tawas City (HRC) pop. 2,005 (zoning medical marihuana dispensaries)

Traverse City (HRC) pop. 14,532 (ordinance establishing a moratorium on the issuance of permits or licenses for the sale or dispensation of medical marihuana)

Mark Brush was the station's Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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