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Clock ticking on Detroit's medical pot shops

Confusion continues to reign over medical marijuana dispensaries
Dominic Simpson
Confusion continues to reign over medical marijuana dispensaries

The clock is now ticking on Detroit’s medical marijuana dispensaries, as new city regulations kick into effect March 1.

Detroit’s medical marijuana industry has exploded in just the past couple of years.

Now, many of the city’s commercial strips are lined with pot dispensaries’ trademark green lights — more than 200 by some estimates.

But new rules going into effect this month should dim those lights to some degree.

Dispensaries must get zoning approval, a permit, Certificate of Occupancy and a business license in order to be legal, based on two city ordinances passed late last year.

City policy is that any dispensaries open right now are “illegal.”

Owners have until March 31 to start the online application process.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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