MI: Detroit Marijuana Map Website Monitors Centers

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Ron Strider

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Activist Winfred Blackmon says he continues to fight to keep illegal marijuana centers from springing up in the City of Detroit. "Detroit has an ordinance let's enforce it," he said.

Blackmon says he gets numerous calls about these centers, so he was happy to learn the city has started an interactive online map which will let residents see firsthand the status of medical marijuana centers in the city.

"We figured why not get a map that shows what's been approved, what's not been, (and) what's going through the process," he said.

The information is just a click away and will be updated every Monday.

Residents who see one of these shops in their neighborhood but do not see the location on the map can use the website to report their concerns.

"There's a link on that map where they can file a complaint and we monitor it daily," Blackmon said. "And we will address it within 24 hours."

Until 2015 there were no regulations in place to control how many dispensaries could open and where they could operate.

City officials say since the regulations took effect last year, nearly 300 applications have been received but nearly 200 shops have been shut down.

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