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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 5:27 pm

Fenton — On Monday, Fenton City Council extended the moratorium on a special land use for medical marijuana, namely dispensaries. The last extension was in June, and it has been extended several times.

 But attorney Stephen Schultz said the Michigan

Supreme Court case of Ter Beek v The City of Wyoming could clarify the law enough that the city may cease enacting moratoriums. “This is probably the last time we’ll be extending the moratorium,” said Schultz. These moratoriums so far have been updated frequently, and are a common stance for local municipalities.

 He said the decision on the case is not out, but likely will be in the spring. This latest moratorium is for six months, after which he hopes to have more clarity out of the courts.

 Since the law was enacted in 2008, municipalities have struggled to understand the reach and scope of control they have over land use for medical marijuana. Many have chosen to enact moratoriums to avoid legislating on the issue until the framework of dealing with them becomes clearer.

 The Village of Holly was one of the few local municipalities who have enacted an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.

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  • RJW posted at 11:30 am on Thu, Nov 28, 2013.

    RJW Posts: 7

    Have you been reading all the stories in the papers regarding all the wild parties, Hippies running wild and nude stoned out of their minds, little kids lighting up joints that they got from illegal purchases at these dispenceries? Crazed drug addicted people robbing people right around the corner from these tax paying establishments. Been reading about the increased levels of crime and undesireable people in the area? Well neither have I. Get a grip people, 90% of those that smoke whether medically or recreationally are your sons, daughters and neighbors who you don't have a clue about and have no problems whatsoever. For the other 10% its about personal responsibility just as with alcohol, prescription drugs, tobacco, gambling, driving, etc. Just about every activity there is comes those who are irresponsible, that doesn't call for entire activity to be banned. Communities take advantage of a good thing when it's there. Not stick your head in the sand and pretend it will go away.

  • 420 College posted at 4:53 pm on Wed, Nov 27, 2013.

    420 College Posts: 1

    There goes some more backwards leadership. Detroit filled for bankruptcy and others are in line to do the same. They stole people's retirement pensions, but say no to tax money coming from an already existing market?? these people must not want to get re-elected. http://420college.org


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