No Moratorium on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Meridian Township

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Michigan voters approved medical marijuana in 2008, but there's one problem.

"The state law allows for medical marijuana, but never really gives any direction about how you regulate," said Tim Dempsey, director of planning and community development for East Lansing.

Regulation is up to each municipality to decide for itself. The City of East Lansing voted last month to pass a 90 day moratorium on dispensaries. In the meantime the city has three proposals on the table--one to ban dispensaries all together, another to limit them to certain commercial districts, and a third to keep them in people's homes.

Demsey said the city wants to hear from students, permanent residents, businesses, home owners and neighborhood groups. It wants to use this time to understand what the community wants.

On the other hand, the Meridian Township board voted Tuesday night against a moratorium. That's a bad decision if you ask Township Supervisor Susan McGillicudy. The township doesn't currently have any dispensaries, but three requests are pending.

"People don't want to see them in their neighborhoods," McGillicudy said. "They don't want to see them near schools. Even some businesses are a little worried."

So with no moratorium and certainly no regulation to speak of, medical marijuana dispensaries are free to set up shop pretty much anywhere in Meridian Township.

"So it's open doors here for Meridian Township, and I'm a little concerned about that," McGillicudy said. "Is it gonna turn into a smoking house and people get into their car and are they going to drive home?"

McGillicudy says the board won't be revisiting the issue, so law enforcement will just have to play it by ear.


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  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Sep 24, 2010 at 04:18 AM
    "Anonymous"-9/23 2:04 pm (Oh, I am so excited by this!!!), they actually have a legal drug called Marinol that contains synthetic THC. OMG!!! Isn't that the main stilmulating ingredient in MARIJUANA?!?!?!? Holy cow!!! Hi, my name is Sense. Have you met my friend, Mr. Wise Up? The defense rests.
  • by finally some common sence Location: made in michigan on Sep 23, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    way to go ! now set up a taxing braket ,and put money into schools ,pay our teaches and police more because they deserve it,vocus on forward not backward.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    If MJ is great pain reliever, why hasn't a major drug company patented its chemical compound and use it as a brand name drug?
  • by mlt on Sep 23, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    ANONYMOUS ABOUT DRUG PUSHER, WHAT DO YOU THINK DOCTOR ARE? PUSHING DRUGS ON TOP OF DRUGS, AND ARE NOT SURE WHAT THE OUT COMES ARE! I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE GIVING SO MANY PILLS, THAT THEY ARE AT RISK WHEN THEY STOP TAKING THEM BECAUSE OF THE SIDE EFFECT THAT THEY CAN CAUSE! YOU ARE A VERY CLOSED MINDED PERSON!!!!!
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Sep 23, 2010 at 07:50 AM
    "Anonymous" (9/22 7:26 pm), why don't you keep your ignorant, judgmental self out of all of our neighborhoods and move to another state, one that doesn't offend your ignorant sensiblities and I'm sure utterly upstanding moral character. They're not "drug pushers", you idiotic, clueless moron! They're called caregivers for a reason; they're supplying something extremely beneficial to people and much less harmful than the poison I'm sure you gladly head to your pharmacy for whenever something's prescribed to you. It's not just "legal in someone's head"; HELLO?!?!?!?!? It was a law passed by overwhelming vote by your friendly neighbors throughout this great state. I'd remain "anonymous" if I was your ridiculous self too. Yours has to be one of the stupidest posts I have EVER read on this site.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Sep 23, 2010 at 06:19 AM
    Hey Mrs. McGillicudy..What about all those bars in your township where thousands of people are getting in their cars and going home every night?? Now go look at the statistics of how many people actually die and kill other people doing that, compared to incidents relating to marijuana use.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2010 at 02:37 AM
    The majority of people does not want a prison or landfill in their backyard, but they want trash pickup and low crimes.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 at 04:26 PM
    Just keep those drug pushers out of my neighborhood. It may be 'legal' in someone's head, but it doesnt belong in my backyard.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 at 04:14 PM
    Does anyone remember back in the old days, if you got caught with marijuana it was a $10 fine.
  • by UrbanInkster Location: Lansing on Sep 22, 2010 at 03:33 PM
    Is it really this hard to figure out? This whole dispensary and caregiver issue going on here in mid-michigan really shows a lack of intelligence and an ability to effectively give the people what they want, while keeping others safe and happy. Commercial dispensaries should be kept clear of schools, period. Other than that, they should be allowed to open wherever they can, and bring in revenue for themselves, their municipality, their county, and their state. The debate is over, this is what the majority of people want and have voted for. The argument against marijuana has long since been shot down and will continue to be disproved. I think parents are just worried that they're actually going to have to talk to their kids about what these stores are, and how marijuana is a very beneficial plant that can and should be used, but not abused.
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