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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Detroit Marijuana Ordinance Placed Under Suspension by Citizens Group

By Richard C. Clement
      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.


Woodward Ave
Cana-Business Owners Assn.
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.




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.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Detroit Marijuana Business Owners must Stand their Ground! Pastor Winans is a clown.

j.t. thompson said...

I have another avenue for your reflection.. The National Naturalist List has had great success addressing marijuana issues through the US Supreme Court's ruling to uphold 1st Amendment and State Constitutional Religious Freedoms and Equal Rights Protection. We assert GUAM v GUERRERO, 00-71247, entered May 28, 2002 which mandates the federal government to protect Constitutionally Developed Religious Rights, Genesis 1:29 GOD gives man dominion over all things green and seeded and the fruit of trees for his use, without restriction; food, medicine, clothing, fuel, construction and even recreationally. Without commodity control, without specific taxes or laws. Just one thought hoping to provoke another.. Please have someone research GUERRERO. JT Thompson, National Naturalist List

Friends of George Cushingberry said...

We strongly hope that our friend and grade school colleague, Marvin Winans works with the Woodward Avenue Business Community to enhance the neighborhood. A faith based transportation center at the intersection of Woodward and 7 mile will do nothing but add to the property values East of Woodward all the way to John R. We also are supporting the education of our friend with a seminar on the benefits of the plant that was created by the master via Genesis 1:29.

Instead of trying to leave a prayer request on the Perfecting Church Website, please call the office and make arrangements with Office Manager Betty Simmons at 313 224-4535 to speak with the Councilmember Pro Tem and his Legislative Aide, Marijuana Policy Analyst Richard Clement to see if you are interested in a mutual understanding of the new small business owners and the Church working together on Woodward Ave. A real dream cruise indeed..

Friends of George Cushingberry said...

On Friday April 1st 2016, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Daphnie Means Curtis signed a Temporary Restraining Order requested by Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform (CSCR), halting the implementation of Ordinances to Zone and Licenses Medical Marijuana Care Centers in the City of Detroit until April 13th at 8:30am. The granting of this order means that both ordinances are suspended and cannot be enforced on ANY facility within the City of Detroit. Building Safety (BSEED), Detroit Police and Fire Departments are prohibited from taking any adverse action based on any ordinance violation. While City officials have been very courteous, MMCC Owners are directed to record any badge number of any City Official that stops by during this time period to enforce this ordinance.

At issue is the development of an ordinance without the true input of the owners of Medical Marijuana Caregiver Centers. MMCC businesses on Woodward Avenue are doing better than the Palmer Park Golf Course and the empty Perfecting Church on Woodward and Seven Mile combined. If citizens can go to a Walgreens and, CVS drive through to get their medicine, then equal opportunity shall be afforded to MMCC businesses also. The State of Colorado has made over 1 billion dollars revenue from the Marijuana industry with half of the population of Michigan.
This is a large amount of money that cannot be ignored, especially for a City that needs all the help we can get. Therefore CSCR feels that the citizens should decide this issue at the ballot box on August 2nd, 2016.

This will allow all stakeholders to develop a sensible ordinance that will be acceptable to all and, contribute to the quality of life in a truly democratic process.

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