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Detroit Passes Vote to Ease Restrictions on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Detroit voters said “yes” to relaxing restrictions on medical marijuana facilities, making it easier for dispensaries to open and operate in the city.

With more than 96% of the precincts reporting late Tuesday, the “yes” vote for one proposal was leading with 60% of the vote. The “yes” vote on the second proposal, the one that effects zoning, was also leading with 58% of the vote.

The two proposals will have wide-ranging impact on the city. Last year, the city adopted an ordinance — which took effect March 1, 2016 — that made it more difficult for marijuana dispensaries to operate in the city.

Since the ordinance took effect, the city has shut down 186 of the city’s 283 dispensaries that had been selling medical marijuana.

If approved, the vote would hand a victory to Citizens for Sensible Cannabis, a group of dispensary owners who organized the petition drive to put the two proposals on the ballot. Several city council members and ministers came out against both proposals.

The cannabis group sought to, among other things, expand the hours dispensaries are permitted to operate, from 8 p.m. currently to 9 p.m. [Read more at Detroit Free Press]

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