Detroit City Council OKs restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries

DETROIT – The Detroit City Council passed a medical marijuana ordinance (6 -1) on Thursday that puts new requirements on dispensaries.

Hundreds of people showed up to voice their concerns at a public hearing about the dispensaries which have been popping up across the city. 

The new ordinance means dispensaries will have to go through new licensing and zoning rules. The city will regulate where they can be located. That means no dispensaries can operate within 1,000 feet of a church, school, park, liquor store or another dispensary. 

The ordinance goes into effect March 1, 2016.