More weed wars over recreational cannabis in Detroit – Axios

While Detroit’s new recreational cannabis law survived one legal attack this week, others are still on deck.

Catch up quick: City Council passed the recreational marijuana law in April to provide a limited number of recreational licenses while setting up a “social equity” framework that helps Detroiters enter the market.

Driving the news: The Detroit Election Commission rejected a ballot initiative Monday designed to overturn the law because it lacked enough valid petition signatures, city clerk Janice Winfrey, who sits on the commission, tells Axios.

But, but, but: A lawyer for the cannabis dispensary House of Dank, which supports the ballot initiative, tells Axios a lawsuit will soon be filed appealing the commission’s ruling.

A separate lawsuit challenging the marijuana law continues Friday. A temporary restraining order issued last month as part of the case is preventing the city from accepting applications for licenses to open recreational dispensaries, the Detroit News reports.

Why it matters: All these disputes means Detroit’s marijuana economy is stuck in neutral — and nobody is backing down.

The law was designed to promote local inclusion so the city’s recreational marijuana economy isn’t dominated by out-of-towners and big companies. But pre-existing medical shops, who aren’t allowed to apply for a recreational license

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