The city of Detroit may face a slew of new lawsuits, as medical marijuana dispensaries without permits are forced to shut down.
The state sent to cease and desist letters to 211 medical marijuana dispensaries last week. 161 are in Detroit. The reason: those establishments failed to get local permits before the Feb. 15 deadline to apply for state licenses.
But a “significant handful” of those Detroit dispensaries are not fly-by-night operations flouting the rules, says Michael Stein, an attorney representing some marijuana dispensaries. Instead, Stein says they were stuck in the middle of Detroit’s permitting process.
“Detroit has a significant amount of dispensary businesses that should be allowed to stay open because they’re going through the process,” Stein said.
“Those are not bad actors. Those are people who are not open illegally. They’re businesses that simply have not had time to complete the process to get their application into the state by the Feb. 15 deadline.”
Stein says some of those dispensaries had conditional approvals from the city when the state deadline rolled around, but couldn’t apply for state