Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries closed in Detroit

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Detroit is “making meaningful progress” in shuttering dozens of medical cannabis dispensaries that fail to comply with the city’s zoning rules, a local official said.

Melvin “Butch” Hollowell, Detroit’s corporation counsel, said 171 dispensaries remain open, down from 273 in March. His goal earlier this year was to close all but 50 by December, according to Crain’s Detroit Business.

A pair of restrictive zoning ordinances and new licensing procedures that took effect in March triggered the crackdown.

Hollowell said 87 of the 273 dispensaries went out of business: Seven closed voluntarily and 80 were closed by the city. It’s unclear what happened to the other 15 that would bring that total to 102, which is the difference between the latest dispensary numbers and the March figure.

Fourteen other dispensaries have recently received closure notices, while closure notices will be sent to 64 other dispensaries in the next week or so, Hollowell told Crain’s Detroit Business.

If a dispensary stays open after receiving a closure notice, a neighborhood police officer and a city building, safety, engineering and environmental department inspector will padlock the building and post a notice declaring the center closed.

Last month, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation establishing a statewide regulatory framework for Michigan’s medical marijuana market.