Legalized marijuana helps bring in millions of dollars every year to local and state governments, so you'd think authorities with budgetary concerns would embrace it. Yet in the struggling Detroit, officials are actually challenging their medical marijuana laws.
The state of Michigan is preparing to open the doors on medical marijuana dispensaries, but the city of Detroit appears to be sitting out. While the state is expanding dispensaries, Detroit is cutting back. A few years ago, the city boasted over 200 medical marijuana dispensaries, but the city cut that number down to 50 and relegated them to mostly industrial areas. Detroit voters passed a referendum in November to expand the number again, but the city filed a lawsuit to overturn the voters' decision, which a judge later granted.
But why is Detroit so anti-marijuana? Only a few short years ago, Detroit was forced to file for bankruptcy due to the immense amount of debt they'd collected. And now they're turning down free sources of income?
And there really isn't a good answer to that question. City officials have basically just said there's too many dispensaries, and they don't want them. Meanwhile they'd only have to look at Denver, Colorado to see a city where legalized marijuana is abundant and helping the economy.
We're sure adding more sales taxes to fix their budget will make people a lot happier.