Local Marijuana Ordinances Debated Before Michigan Supreme Court

Oct 10, 2013

A challenge to a local zoning ordinance that restricts medical marijuana was argued today Thursday before the state Supreme Court.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

The city of Wyoming’s restrictive zoning ordinance is being challenged by a local medical marijuana user and the American Civil Liberties Union.  

Jack Sluiter is the Wyoming city attorney. He says the ordinance protects residents from the risks of crime and fire that go with growing and storing marijuana.

“You don’t have to have medical marijuana growing in every unit of government in the state of Michigan,” he says.

ACLU attorney Daniel Korobkin says that’s why the ordinance runs afoul of the Michigan medical marijuana law and the wishes of voters who adopted five years ago.

“They’re trying to nullify the medical marijuana act within their city and, if they succeed, there’ll be lots of cities that are going to try to do that,” he says.

For the Michigan Public Radio Network, I’m Rick Pluta in Lansing