Councilman In Detroit Seeks To Clarify Legal Pot Law

A Detroit city councilman, worried about an influx of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, wants state lawmakers to help give local governments the tools to regulate them. Since medical marijuana was legalized by voters in 2008, dispensaries have opened up in Detroit at an alarming rate, according to Councilman James Tate.

Tate has been working closely with the Detroit Police Department, the City Planning Commission, the Law Department and the National Patient Rights Association to prepare the city to regulate dispensaries. But first, he said, the state Legislature needs to act.

The National Patient Rights Association, a Grosse Pointe Farms-based nonprofit that advocates for the rights of medical marijuana patients and providers, has been working closely with Tate and state lawmakers to help draft bills.

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