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. Reality

    The reason marijuana is a prescription drug and restricted to those who need to deal with pain but also need to be reminded by their doctors/pharmacists of the following potential side effects:

    Impaired perception
    Diminished short-term memory
    Loss of concentration and coordination
    Impaired judgement
    Increased risk of accidents
    Loss of motivation
    Diminished inhibitions
    Increased heart rate
    Anxiety, panic attacks, and paranoia
    Damage to the respiratory, reproductive, and immune systems
    Increased risk of cancer
    Psychological dependency"

    From: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00001143.htm and also http://www.acde.org/common/Marijana.htm

    Because of these potential side effects, one assumes federal, state and local officials restrict medical use of marijuana to the home and away from schools.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • Rob

      Catholic church causes permanent damage to all the kids that suffered at their hands for the rest of their lives. Lock up the pedophiles and leave the pot heads alone. Move the church.

      March 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Target

      You get most of those "side effects" with religion. Especially the "psychological dependency" part.
      Pot has very mild withdrawal effects, very unlike the other drugs out there like caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, chocolate, etc.
      But anti-drug people never like to admit that part of it. No headaches, no hangover, no craving. No idea why it's illegal.

      March 30, 2011 at 1:47 am |
  2. Jess

    An assault on the innocence of the kids huh? It's an insult to intelligent thought to have to put up with the ideals of these close minded church freaks. When will they learn to think for themselves? They should be more concerned with keeping the children safe from their priests. What about the lost innocence of all the children the church has scarred for life? Hypocrites

    March 29, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
    • Target

      Excellent points

      March 30, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  3. mike

    church irks nearby pot dispensary.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  4. syntaxerror

    BTW..sorry about the building and paint...they probly can't afford a multi-million dollar building.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  5. TG

    So what, if the church doesn't like it.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  6. syntaxerror

    Maybe they can get a discount on pot so they can further dope up and brainwash their followers...

    March 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  7. Ruderalis

    They already passed a county ordinance here in San Diego. No dispensaries within 600 feet of church's, schools, and homes. Most people think this is a good idea. On the contrary, the ones who are really sick need to go further to get medication, and will now probably end up getting it in a shady area. Furthermore, there are dispensaries now that deliver. If you think your neighbor who lives next to a church isn't going to still get medicine, you're wrong. Secondly, adolescents find marijuana is much easier to get than booze because ILLEGAL DEALERS don't ask for ID. Stop the nonsense and end Prohibition. Making marijuana illegal only increases price and demand for the dealers. Not to mention it adds violence to the equation.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • D Balt


      March 29, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  8. Brad

    I have no problem with the dispensory. The type of people that get medical marijuana are not the type of people a church or school needs to worry about. The building looks absolutely tacky and they should try to be more professional. How about a coat of paint and get rid of that green writing in the windows.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  9. gmorris

    The real concern should be having a Catholic church so near a school with children.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • D Balt

      Couldnt have said it better. Know why the priests who are heads of catholic schools like their sports teams to be losing at halftime? They love coming from behind!

      March 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • ND

      I live in Owosso, and went to school there. The church and school is under the same 'management' separated only by a matter of feet. And while I have fallen away from religion, the majority of these people bashing Catholicism or any religion, have, I'd say never set foot in a catholic church and have never spoken to a priest. Think, before you form a media – only based opinion.

      March 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  10. sk3ptic

    Making the proximity illegal takes care of one consideration, but does not take care of every consideration. If this is legal medical marijuana, what is the town doing to help find a suitable place for the shop? Are they doing anything, or is the town hiding behind the school and church as excuses for the town's shoddy treatment of a legitimate merchant? Stay tuned to find the truth behind the veneer.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  11. Bill Davidson

    Isn't it time to put an end to the tax-free ride churches enjoy? With all the crying about taxes everyone sure does overlook this arbitrary and discriminatory perk religions get by not paying their fair share.

    I'm offended when every other block has a church on it not paying property taxes. At least dispensaries and liquor stores pay their fair share.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  12. Koseki

    "Pedophiles irk nearby pot store."

    March 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Rob

      Better headline by far.

      March 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • Target

      win...except for the misspelled word, of course....

      March 30, 2011 at 1:39 am |
  13. jma58

    Which of the two businesses are paying tax? The other should go. And yes the church is a business.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • dave

      They can't pay taxes...they need to save to pay all the abuse cases they have lost.....

      March 29, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  14. dave

    I worry about those priest pedophiles being near all those sick people. They could be taken advantage of in their weakened state.
    I don't hear alot about churches complaining that a bar is near.....Alcohol kills. Marijuana just makes you lazy. Priorities???

    March 29, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  15. Idiocracy

    They both peddle in distractions to reality...

    March 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • Rob

      that's the stuff

      March 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  16. Clark Nova

    If the church doesn't like it they should move. The dispensary is actually helping people while the church is just deluding and fleecing them.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  17. pointless1

    It's not illegal to be in business... don't bother them they don't bother you... you might be surprised half the people at the church might be a secret customer..

    March 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm |

    the catholic church sucks and should be shut down for good they are nothing but a huge scam

    March 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  19. curtis

    The church "Irks" me... Can I have it made illegal?

    March 29, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • curtis

      Didn't the church say be nice to your neighbor? Damn, money hungry hypocrites, the church's and freaking pope all the way in Italy with protection from the mafia.

      March 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  20. some dude

    I can't believe all of the anti church comments on here.

    Keep up the good work!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • dave

      ...and what is the good work?

      March 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • D Balt

      Then please explain why these businesses, I mean churches, shouldn't be paying real estate taxes like you, me, businesses, etc.

      March 29, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
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