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Hello! I plan on using this initial post as a resource for our members to go to and see which cities are for the medical marijuana cards, against the medical marijuana cards, or outlawing the cards in general.


My initial search has concluded there is not a topic like this already, but user feedback would be valuable to see if anyone has an actual experience of running across one. Once verified, I will start compiling the list of cities and we will go from there.


For the mean time, anyone who could post their city, county, and their cities status against the law (and perhaps an example or news article) would be a great help. Not only to me, but the rest of the community who may be planning to visit, attend an event, move to, or just drive through any of these cities. Knowledge is power and if you have to be more cautious in a different city just to make sure you stay within the law, so be it. I would like to see what the city statuses are personally, because I'm on the road quite often, and traveling through a multitude of cities.


Thank you for all who start to help. I will submit my first entry, which will start the list, but the list will not be added to until confirmed. At that time, this entire post will be modified with a brief description of what the topics about, followed by the comprehensive list. None of this jargon you're reading now will be here.


reason Dearborn is on the list as outlawed (and an example of info your post should contain pertaining to your cities status) : http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/04/dearborn_judge_michigans_medic.html


Once again, thank you.





Dearborn : Outlawed

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Delta County, Upper Peninsula ... Police seem to be on board with the movement, but District Court Judge Glenn Pearson is MAJORLY AGAINST driving -at all- for anyone with a MMJ card. He took my friends drivers license indefinitely until he's proven to be no longer using cannabis.

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The civil rights lawsuit, which asks the cities of Livonia, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills to repeal such ordinances, was filed on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, as reported by the Detroit Free Press.


According to ACLU executive director Kary Moss, “Each of these cities has adopted an ordinance that effectively bans the use of medical marijuana.”



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Man suing Lyon Township for cracking down on medical pot


Steven J. Greene, a certified medical marijuana user, is suing Lyon Township and Oakland County, because he feels a local ordinance has no right to keep him from growing and using marijuana in his home.



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Grand Rapids requires medical marijuana caregivers to register with city





require those caregivers to register as a home occupation.


The ordinance also requires them to be at least 1,000 feet from any school and that all marijuana be locked away.

It also limits the number of patients getting pot from a caregiver to five a week.






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Fenton. Tough on caregivers and growing. Placed cop cars with lights on out side of the township hall to intimidate Medical Marijuana activist during the debates on the ordinance. Had fire houses running across parking lot that prevented the handicap from attending the meeting.




The location from which a primary caregiver grows, cultivates or otherwise provides

services to a qualifying patient shall not be used by another primary caregiver for that

primary caregiver's services as allowed under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.


D. The location from which a primary caregiver provides services to a qualifying patient

shall not be within 1,000 feet of any school, daycare center or church.


E. Cultivation/growing or distribution of marihuana shall not occur in connection with or

at a location which any other commodity, product or service is also available.


F. No consumption of marihuana shall occur at a primary caregiver’s location for

cultivation/growing, or a primary caregiver’s legal residence address, unless

the primary caregiver is a qualifying patient and then such consumption shall

only be by the qualifying patient / primary caregiver.


G. Primary caregivers shall register with the Township by submission of a form

prepared by the Township for that purpose.


H. Primary caregivers shall be required to post a bond established by resolution by the

Township Board to ensure compliance with the requirements of this Ordinance.






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Niles, Michigan, passes restrictive medical marijuana ordinance


Essentially, the ordinance requires that marijuana be grown indoors. Also, caregivers who provide the drug for patients — they can supply as many as 12 plants each, for up to five patients — cannot do so within 1,000 feet of schools and could be subject to zoning restrictions.






Niles medical marijuana user moving out Tenant's relocation ends Niles eviction case.



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One to keep a watch on, FLUSHING, Michigan. It has not passed yet.


Part of the ordinance includes caregivers only being able to operate in the city's heavy commercial zone and 500 feet from schools, daycare centers, places of worship, parks or other medical marijuana caregivers.


Caregivers must apply for a Special Use Permit before using a building to grow medical marijuana and give assistance to patients.



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One to keep a watch on, Kalamazoo Township.


Kalamazoo Township medical marijuana ordinance is overreaching and oppressive, attorney says



Kalamazoo Township delays voting on medical marijuana ordinance




KALAMAZOO — Medical marijuana caregivers in Kalamazoo Township who missed a 15-day window last year to be placed on the township’s inventory of caregivers will not be subject to a civil infraction if they sign up late, Kalamazoo County District Court Judge Richard A. Santoni ruled Wednesday.


The ruling applies to caregivers who were registered with the state prior to Oct. 18, when the township instituted a 6-month moratorium on new caregiver operations.



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Medical marijuana caregivers operating a home-based business in Plainwell may need building permits to update electrical or plumbing systems to accommodate grow lights or watering devices, and must work with public safety officials to prove that appropriate security and environmental standards are maintained.


allow one registered caregiver per address to grow marijuana and provide it to five or fewer qualifying patients each week if specific conditions are met.


In Plainwell, the ordinance language limits how much space in a home can be used for the medical marijuana operation and prohibits any changes to the outside of the home. The ordinance changes also require any medical marijuana operation be located outside a 1,000-foot radius from any school or library.

The city's ordinances do not allow medical marijuana exchanges that involve retail operations such as dispensaries or compassion clubs.



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BAD AXE?? I seems that they define caregivers as dispensaries and a co-op as a grow by "a" caregiver?


medical marijuana dispensary is prohibited within the city. The ordinance defines a medical marijuana dispensary as a facility[locked and enclosed?], including a growing co-op, where a primary caregiver who is legally registered by the Michigan Department of Community Health may lawfully assist up to five qualifying patients who also are legally registered by the state with the acquisition of medical marijuana in accordance to state law.



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Another to watch. DEARBORN


The ordinance requires registration with the city for any licensed caregiver who grows more than the maximum allowed for one patient, which is 12 plants.


Also under the new ordinance, grow houses would be prohibited within 1,000 feet of worship sites, schools, playgrounds and other places frequented by children. Additionally, they could not be within 1,000 feet of a business zoned for adult use, like a strip club.



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A registered primary caregiver must be located outside of a one thousand (1,000) foot radius from any school, including childcare or day care facility, to insure community compliance with Federal "Drug-Free School Zone" requirements. The radius shall be measured from a point beginning at the property line of the school site;


5. A registered primary caregiver must be located outside of a one thousand (1,000) foot radius from any public or private park property or public library property (as measured from the property lines);


6. Not more than one (1) primary caregiver shall be permitted to service qualifying patients on a parcel or within an approved livable dwelling unit;


10. The premises shall be open for inspection upon request by the appropriate Fire Code Enforcement Officer and law enforcement officials for compliance with all applicable laws and rules



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