After more than four hours of legal and council discussion and dozens of city resident comments, the Detroit City Council on Thursday evening approved by a vote of 6-1 a zoning ordinance that experts say could close up to half of the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries.
The ordinance is effective March 1.
Detroit City Councilman Scott Benson was the dissenting vote.
After heated debate over whether to include or eliminate certain commercial districts from the ordinance, the council voted not to eliminate B2 and B4 zoning districts, which include strip centers and individual stores, thereby allowing dispensaries to locate in those districts.
In addition to these commercial districts, dispensaries are allowed to locate in four types of industrial zones. [Read more at Crain’s Detroit Business]