Authorities, neighbors fed up with marijuana smell wafting from Ypsilanti Township home

Ypsilanti Twp. officials ask judge to snuff out intense marijuana smell emanating from home


Authorities are asking a judge to crack down on excessive marijuana emissions emanating from a man's Ypsilanti Township home.

Officials are not sure how much marijuana the man is growing in the residence that once flew a flag bearing a marijuana leaf. The man in the house grows medical marijuana. Michigan law says that is fine. The township has had no reported problem with his marijuana plants.

But neighbors are fed up with the strong odor that's strongest between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Township officials are asking a Washtenaw County Circuit Court judge to curtail the emissions.

"It's not about growing marijuana. It's about using your property ... it's a quality of life issue. It's a nuisance to your neighboring property owners," said Doug Winters, Ypsilanti Township attorney.

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Officials say the emissions aren't in violation of the state's medical marijuana laws, but violate zoning codes relating to odors.

Neighbors first began complaining earlier this year.

Officials say the resident and the home's owner have ignored a previous judge's order to abate the odor.

"This is a strong odor that has kept neighbors awake at night," said Winters. "They are at their breaking point. They look to the township for some relief."

The dispute is sure to end up back in court.

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