Voters overwhelmingly rejected proposals Tuesday to allow recreational marijuana sales in four metro Detroit cities, a defeat that will deprive communities of additional revenue.
Proposals were rejected in Birmingham, Grosse Pointe Park, Rochester and Keego Harbor.
In Birmingham, 73.6% of voters rejected a proposal to license a recreational marijuana dispensary and a medical cannabis retailer.
A proposal to allow three recreational dispensaries to open in Rochester was defeated with 89.2 percent of the vote. An additional 87.4% voted against creating a permitting and application process to allow three recreational dispensaries to open.
In Grosse Pointe Park, 77.7 percent of voters rejected an ordinance that would have allowed two recreational marijuana dispensaries to open. 66.7% voted against an amendment that would have allowed two recreational marijuana dispensaries to open after a permitting process was established.
Voters rejected three proposals to allow the sale of recreational marijuana in Keego Harbor. A proposal to allow the opening of a dispensary was rejected with 53.5% of the vote, 61.4% voted against allowing the issue to be decided at the next general election and 60.5% voted no to authorize the opening of two dispensaries with authorization rules.
Since Michigan voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana in November 2018, a large majority of the state’s communities have banned adult-use dispensaries, even though the law requires the state to share revenue of marijuana sales with cities and counties allowing businesses to open.
In 2023, the state has sent nearly $60 million to 224 municipalities and counties where recreational sales are allowed. Cities and counties receive more than $51,800 for each dispensary opened in their jurisdiction.
Detroit has become one of the latest cities to allow the sale of recreational marijuana, with the first dispensaries opening their doors earlier this year following lengthy lawsuits.
At the same time, a glut of cannabis products in Michigan caused prices to plummet, which was good for consumers but not for dispensaries.
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