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Utica Extends Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban While Supreme Court Mills Law

As Michigan's stance on medical marijuana dispensary law remains in flux, Utica has extended its ban on allowing the pot-selling establishments from opening in the city.

Don’t expect any medical marijuana dispensaries to open up in Utica for at least another year.

The Utica City Council Tuesday evening voted to extend a previous medical marijuana dispensary moratorium in the city for another year, citing a continued lack of clarification in the state law.

The law regulating dispensaries, which is an establishment where state-licensed marijuana patients who do not grow their own pot can go to purchase the herb from authorized growers, remains in flux. 

Last year, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled commercial transfers between marijuana patients were illegal after Republicans, and Attorney General Bill Schuette said the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008 did not allow for the existence of the dispensaries, the HuffPost Detroit reported.

On Thursday, the online newspaper stated the Michigan Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the legality of dispensary establishments in Michigan.

Last year, the Utica City Council restored an imposed moratorium on establishments that dispense medical marijuana. Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan said Tuesday she was reminded that last year's agreement had expired, so the council had to quickly renew the moratorium -- though the city council can opt to end it at any time.

Utica city council members originally voted in August 2010 to enact the 12-month moratorium on any business related to medical marijuana “to allow time for the state and the city to decide the proper ordinances,” according to that meeting’s minutes.

Todd October 13, 2012 at 05:23 AM
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Malcolm Kyle October 13, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Prohibition has finally run its course: Our prisons are full, our economy is in ruins, the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of Americans have been destroyed or severely disrupted. What was once a shining beacon of liberty and prosperity has become a toxic, repressive, smoldering heap of hypocrisy and a gross affront to fundamental human decency. Accordingly, it is now the duty of every last one of us to insure that the people who are responsible for this shameful situation are not simply left in peace to enjoy the wealth and status that their despicable actions have, until now, afforded them. Former and present Prohibitionists must not be allowed to remain untainted and untouched from the unconscionable acts that they have viciously committed on their fellow citizens. They have provided us with neither safe communities nor safe streets. We will provide them with neither a safe haven to enjoy their ill-gotten gains nor the liberty to repeat such a similar atrocity.

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