Wyandotte Officials Place Moratorium on Medical Marijuana Facilities

City Council members voted unanimously Monday night to keep any pot shops from opening in town.

Wyandotte officials followed through Monday night on an earlier promise of doing whatever they can to keep medical marijuana facilities from opening in the city. 

City officials voted unanimously in August to enact a moratorium on issuing any certificates of occupancies for medical marijuana facilities until the Michigan Court of Appeals makes a ruling on their legality.

At that time, they directed City Attorney William Look to draft a city ordinance regarding the moratorium. That ordinance was unanimously approved Monday night.

The ordinance acknowledges the fact that Michigan voters have approved the use of medical marijuana, but said questions still linger over the enforceability of that state law considering that federal law still prohibits the use of marijuana.

"Issues have been raised on whether local governments risk federal sanctions by affirmatively authorizing activities allowed by the state initiative," the resolution reads. "There are a number of unanswered issues and gaps that have been created."

The resolution goes on to say that "increased criminal activity and exposure of marijuana to minors" have arisen in another state that permits medical marijuana.

City Engineer Mark Kowalewski said the city's safest bet is to wait for the Michigan court system to weigh in on the matter.

“The Michigan Court of Appeals has recently made a ruling on the regulation of medical marijuana by cities,” Kowalewski said. “There is also another case scheduled to go before another panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals on this issue. It is my recommendation that a moratorium be adopted concerning any application for a certificate of occupancy for a medical marijuana facility until further clarification on the law may be received and to allow the city to consider the necessity of licensing and making amendments to the zoning ordinance concerning locations of the facilities.”

About five medical marijuana facilities have applied to open in Wyandotte and all have been denied, Kowalewski said.

Several readers sounded off on our orignal story. Check out the comments it generated and then let us know what you think.

Readers also responded to the issue on our Facebook page. Check out that conversation, as well, and let us know what you think.

Just Sayin! October 02, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Here we go.. Its clairity of the LAW thats in question..I applaude the counsel's decision at this time, as i think it was the responcible thing to do ..after all its not legal under federal law. why would Wyandotte put themselves in a foolish predicament by approving facilities in our city ..Hell ..look at the ones in Allen park that keep getting raided for distributing the med marij. illegally.. Wyandotte surely doesnt ned that crap going on here..no thanks!
Johnson October 02, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Ignorance abounds. California has had it's medical marijuana law for 16 years, and no locality has been sanctioned, prosecuted, etc, by any Federal entity, period. This is pure obfuscation by Wyandotte officials. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act supersedes any backwoods local ordinance. Would be medical marijuana facility operators should ignore any local law in disharmony with the Michigan Medica Marijuana Act. The Feds don't have the resources to make even the slightest dent in state medical marijuana laws.
David Justice October 02, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Well Citizens of Wyandotte can you tell me who allowed alcohol to be on every corner of your city? Government thats who, so they say go ahead and drink, and smoke cigarrettes but lord forbid someone is choosing not to drink alcohol if that is what they choose to do. FACT alcohol related deaths are ALARMING, Health issues from pills, cigarettes and alcohol cost us BILLIONS of dollars, all LEGAL and much more DANGEROUS then Marijuana, you better hope the person driving towards you was not drinking or texting to much or you will be in a heap of trouble, fine me one article on someone killing someone who smoke a joint? NONE. How we choose to medicate ourselves (medically or not) is each persons choice, especially when alcohol is MUCH MUCH worst then Marijuana no one can dispute that claim, I would much rather see my adult kids smoke a joint then drink any day PERIOD.
Sue Czarnecki October 02, 2012 at 05:55 PM
If you ask me .... the council is a bunch of scaredy cats.
Just Sayin! October 04, 2012 at 04:28 PM
No.. just doing whats right for this city..plain and simple!


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