Ferndale officials passed a 90-day moratorium which bans medical marijuana facilities to open. Mayor Craig Covey said he expected the city would allow facilities in business districts eventually. Covey dissented in the 4-1 vote last week.
“It’s really not a moratorium. We truly just wanted a little time to make sure we’re ready” for medical marijuana businesses that want to open, Covey said Thursday. “We certainly don’t want businesses opening in our neighborhoods, but we aren’t discouraging medical marijuana facilities.”
Several other communities around Detroit have passed similar moratoriums, including Berkley, Bloomfield Township, Royal Oak and West Bloomfield with 120-day moratoriums; and Clinton Township, Mt. Clemens and Pleasant Ridge with 180-day moratoriums. In addition, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills have banned growing, selling or dispensing of medical marijuana; Huntington Woods restricts those activities to its commercial districts.
The city may not be ready for the LEGAL use of medical marijuana but the people are. The same people who voted to pass the law allowing the legal use of medical marijuana in all the way back in 2008. Why should the people who benefit from the use of medical marijuana have to suffer because city officials haven’t done their homework?
If you have been charged with a marijuana offense or need information on becoming medical marijuana patient or caregiver contact:
Samantha@ambroselawgroup.com or call (248) 624-5500.