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Michigan: Detroiters, Advocates Pack Medical Marijuana Hearing

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

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.

Oregon: Two Portland Dispensaries Face Off In Fight For Prime Location

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

One Portland medical marijuana dispensary filed a $400,000 lawsuit this month against the owners of another dispensary, claiming the second business lied on a state registration application to steal the first business's patients.

Two medical marijuana dispensaries cannot be within 1,000 feet of each other, under Oregon law, and that's why the Portland Medical Cannabis Club is a plaintiff in the lawsuit, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian.

The Cannabis Club is just steps away from its soon-to-open competitor, 420 Dank. When 420 Dank opens, possibly as early as next month, the dispensaries will be in the 4600 and 4700 block of Southwest Beaver-Hillsdale Highway in Portland.

"They aren't trying to take anyone's business," claimed 420 Dank's lawyer, Brad Andersen. "It just happens to be in a prime location."

A little more than a year ago, the state began requiring all medical marijuana dispensaries to register, starting at 8:30 a.m. on March 3, 2014, via a state website. Dispensary owners flooded the site, and that's when this dispute began.

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