Cana-Business Owners Assn.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Detroit Marijuana Ordinance Placed Under Suspension by Citizens Group
By Richard C. Clement
If the ordinance stands as is, 95% of all available business
parcels will be made unavailable for use as a Marijuana Caregiver Center. This
will adversely affect businesses owned by Detroit residents that want to give
back to the neighborhoods. Other
organizations such as The Sons of Hemp, an African American Cannabis Chamber
Commerce group, have chimed in their support because 100% of their businesses
will be closed down. CSCR wants to develop and ordinance that is fair and equitable
to everyone regardless of someone’s ethnic background or felony convictions. If we are truly a society that believes in
giving people second chances, then it is time to put it into practice.
Marijuana Policy Analyst
A group by the name of Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform (CSCR) has informed the Detroit City Council that they will file a lawsuit to suspend the full implementation of the Detroit Marijuana Zoning and License Ordinance until August 2nd, 2016 or, until the Ordinance is re-written in a fair and equitable manner. The group has already filed date stamped petitions with the Detroit City Clerk before the implementation date and time of March 1st, 2016 at 9:00am EST.
If you still have an interest in becoming a marijuana business owner, we strongly recommend that you apply for the license online using the City of Detroit website (click here to apply) and, apply for your license today. Go directly to the application and enter your information for the official record. Ignore the radial search feature and just enter your information in the required fields on the application. Everyone who applies has the right to a hearing and, you are welcome to bring representation. The fees have been disabled and we are welcoming comment from the public to make the system even better.
We want to acknowledge the fine work that our Department of Innovation Technology(DoIT) has put in to allow people to apply for a license using the City of Detroit’s Website. A great big shout out goes out to the Information Technology Staff lead by Chief Information Officer Beth Niblock and, DoIT Director Charles Dodd for their leadership in developing a true Marijuana Information System for the City of Detroit.
City Attorney Butch Hollowell will argue for the Council that the filings were not in a timely manner and the ordinance is in full effect. Legal representatives of CSCR produce evidence and, will argue that the filing was timely. During this time period the law prevents the ordinance from being enforced until a vote is taken of the people on August 2nd, 2016. There will be NO penalty for remaining open and applying for a license during this time period. This includes the edibles, medibles, concentrates and other products made from the plant.
For example, at Eastern Market in Shed #2, toasted hemp is available for sale to the public. They taste just like sunflower seeds and I highly recommend that you try it. Until then carry on with your normal course of business and, make sure you show up in August to let your voice be your vote, instead of wearing out your throat.