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March 29th, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Pot shop opens near Michigan church, school

From CNN affiliate WEYI.

A medical marijuana dispensary moves in across the street from a Catholic Church and school in Owosso.

Now city council is considering a new ordinance that would make this illegal.

NBC25 talked to the business owner who wants to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, and some parishioners about what should be done to resolve the controversy.

On M-21 in Owosso you'll find a place where kids go to school and across the street a place to find medical marijuana.

Read the full story about the pot shop controversy at ConnectMidMichigan.com
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Filed under: Michigan

soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. Bill

    When they start paying taxes the church can have an opinion on zoning. Just saying...

    March 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • YBP

      Even then, I would prefer that they shut the heck up and keep a low profile, or disappear entirely. But good point, Bill.

      March 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • Target

      Bill, you've got my vote. We need that on the ballot.

      March 30, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  2. Jebus

    Silly god, creating a plant that when smoked, is quite enjoyable (and not all that harmful).

    March 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  3. YBP

    I would have to say burn down the church. It's far more dangerous for kids, particularly these days.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  4. Huh?

    My 15 year old told me he can buy pot from 6 different dealers in our nice little city. If the hicks would open their eyes and legalize like booze (that kills more rednecks than pot will ever do), this wouldn't be a problem. Stupid is as stupid does

    March 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  5. Mitchell

    I didn't realize it was the church's job to condemn something their god clearly put on the earth for a reason.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  6. jim

    The ignorance of those people is shocking.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  7. Bob U

    Really? Is the church serious?

    If I was a parent of a child in that school, I'd be outraged about the Catholic church's proximity to children.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  8. Leigh Binder

    Those crazy ol church folks are at it again....Boy oh boy, certainly don't want any cancer patients strolling by while Father O'brien shows little Jimmy how to really hit those high notes in choir....

    March 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  9. NoGr8rH8r

    I was Catholic until I opened my eyes to the ridiculousness of the concept of GOD!
    I owe my enlightenment to POT. : )

    March 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • YBP

      Amen, sister.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  10. promtn

    What's the big deal, really? The students can't go there and buy anything. Quick, hide their eyes. Oh my.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  11. Thatguy371

    I always thought the Catholic church was all about keeping their nose out of other people's personal business. Typically, that's the job the Baptists think they have to take. I would imagine this situation is politically motivated, but in the end, the owner of the shop was pretty stupid for renting a shop across the street from a church.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • YBP

      Do you have any idea about what your talking about? Do you know anything at all about the history of the church? Until about three hundred years ago, it was believe what they tell you or die a violent, hideous, unbelieveable death. Nowadays the church is all about pregnancies of believers and non-believers alike, and the private bedroom activities of the LGBT Community, believers and non-believers alike. That and molesting litle boys.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  12. EZG427

    WWJD? Wait...silly me....it's a CHURCH we're talking about. Why would they care what He'd do.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • YBP

      Actually Jesus, whose name wasn't actually Jesus, wouldn't have gone anywhere near a church, or anywhere else that Gentiles and pagans were. Today we would consider him quite the bigot, (believing in Chosen People and Promised Land) like most people from that region are today.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  13. ijreilly

    Hell, I'd think the first place a kid would need to go is somewhere he can get ahold of some mind-altering substance after spending Sunday school in private sessions with Father Mctouchy. In all seriousness, I do feel bad for decent Catholics(many friends and family), but you have to admit that the systematic cover-up of child molestation is pretty horrendous and a glaring problem in the RCC. Good news is you can make a stance against with your money, or rather lack their of.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • ijreilly

      there*

      March 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Tom

    I'd rather have the dispensary next door to me. A bag of weed never molested a child.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • rhanley

      hahaha.. brilliant!

      March 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
    • Ken

      Right on Tom! I couldn't have said it better myself.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • YBP

      Better yet, burn down the church.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  15. FirstWorldProblems

    'Church irks nearby Pot dispensary'

    March 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  16. oneSTARman

    ,,maybe this Nasty Church IRKS the Pot Dispensary Too. Tell the Lady with Cancer that can EAT without throwing up that she IRKS these Creeps.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  17. T3chsupport

    What's more dangerous for kids, a medical marijuana dispensary with everything to lose, or the Catholic church?

    They should move the church.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
    • Da King

      Both could be harmful to children.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  18. Max

    Who's supporting free enterprise now?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  19. Angelique

    I'm more afraid of the church!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • YBP

      Amen, sister. Far more dangerous, especially to kids, boys in particular.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • Michael

      You said it!!!

      March 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  20. SomeoneElse

    Oh No! Better not put a drug store or pharmacy across the street, kids might get addicted to pills!!!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • jane

      i'm more concerned about the catholic church being so close to a school

      March 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
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