Detroit voters have two decisions to make next week regarding sales of medical marijuana. One ballot proposal focuses on how sales will be handled. Another determines where sales can take place. The vote comes at the same time some pot dispensaries face uncertainty about remaining open.
Detroit based medical marijuana shops that are not permitted under city ordinance are required to close their doors before December 15th. State regulators say owners of shops operating without local approval will not be allowed to apply for a state license without first shutting down. The move is part of Michigan’s new regulatory strategy. New state regulations include five different kinds of licenses and provisions for the sale of edible products. Alex Leonowicz is an attorney with the Howard and Howard Law Firmspecializing in the business of cannabis. He says the application process is somewhat complicated.