The raid of a Ferndale medical marijuana dispensary and the subsequent charges against nine former employees and the owners is already having some long-reaching influences on similar businesses and procedures throughout the state. Lawmakers are getting into the act as well, after being urged by several judges and hundreds of Michigan residents to clarify the state’s medical marijuana laws.
The owner of Clinical Relief, the most high-profile of the dispensaries raided by Oakland County Police, has a second location now in Lansing, that he has renamed Relief Choices of Lansing in an effort to distance it from the mess surrounding the Ferndale dispensary. He has stated that he is much more anxious about running his business now that he knows police are conducting raids.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard is one of the officials leading the charge for changes to the medical marijuana laws, saying that they aren’t clear enough or adequate. He specifically draws issue with the fact that the law does not address sales.
For their part, Lansing officials are trying to get it in gear to make the law more comprehensive. Lansing City Attorney Brig Smith already has a draft of an ordinance that he’s working on to clarify the statutes for the city of Lansing.
Andy Balaskovitz, “Safe Harbor.” LansingCityPulse.com