By Steve Elliott
Concerned citizens and advocates packed a Monday hearing to debate proposed regulations of the city's medical marijuana industry.
The Detroit City Council is weighing a proposal that includes a licensing plan for the city's approximately 150 medical cannabis dispensaries, reports Joe Guillen at the Detroit Free Press. The proposal would also create zoning restrictions on how close the shops can operate to schools, churches and other dispensaries.
Patients at the hearing said they feel safe buying medicinal cannabis at dispensaries, which often have a security guard onsite. "There is a security guard there who is able to handle any situation that may come upon me," Pamillian McNary said. "When I go to (the drug store), I don't know what will happen to me."
Councilman James Tate introduced his proposal last month. In addition to establishing licensing and zoning requirements, it would ban drive-through dispensaries and prevent them from staying open around the clock. Shops couldn't be located within 1,000 feet of schools, religious institutions or public parks, or be within 2,000 feet of another dispensary.
The Detroit planning commission is scheduled to discuss the zoning restrictions at its Thursday meeting. Monday's public hearing dealt with the licensing portion of Tate's proposal.