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Michigan communities rebel against marijuana business

Michigan communities rebel against marijuana business

Beth LeBlanc

The Detroit News

Published 11:06 PM EST Nov 18, 2018

In the week since Michigan voters approved marijuana legalization, several communities have indicated they intend to ban commercial recreational marijuana facilities within their borders.

Monroe was one of the first to opt out when it passed its ordinance the day before Election Day. Metro Detroit communities such as Pinckney and Troy as well as the west Michigan city of Portage also have signaled they'll opt out of the recreational marijuana marketplace.

But questions have arisen about how much time communities have to decide whether to allow or block pot businesses as the recreational marijuana law prepares to go into effect in early December.

Opponents of adult use marijuana say the number of communities deciding not to participate will be high, especially if Colorado is any indication. In the Rocky Mountain state, 75 percent of communities opted out of the commerc…
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Michigan just became the 10th state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. A quarter of Americans live in states where marijuana is legal for adult use. Now, Michigan’s policy leaders must lay the groundwork for a safe and legal market in which consumers can gain access to marijuana products that have been tested to ensure they contain no dangerous chemicals or impurities.

Implementing a state-run regulatory structure and market for marijuana is a difficult and arduous task. There are dozens of important facets to consider, including what substances to test for, whether to allow for deliveries, how the program will overlap with the state’s still-developing medical marijuana program, collaborating with local governments, and more.

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