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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. Chris

    I'm trying to figure out the problem. The school is afraid the children will see sick people with terminal cancer and be emotionally damaged. The church is afraid their members will see these same sick people and want maybe to do something to help them? Or maybe both places are run by people who have irrational fear of anything that is "different" It think we call those people "conservatives".

    March 30, 2011 at 12:23 am |
  2. Manica

    From: cnnshouldcheckusgs

    weed is way safer than religion

    nuff said.
    ~~~
    Oh man, my face hurts from grinning so hard! I swear, if Twittered or 'wrote on walls', which I don't, this is something I would pass around to every one. Freaking hilarious and so spot on truthful.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  3. Steve Brinkhoff

    Maybe the Papists should pray for it. Don't they have faith in God? "For whatever you ask in His name, it will surely be given you."

    ps, All Christians with health insurance are hypocrites. Read Mark.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  4. Scott

    I'd feel safer having my kids walk past a medical marijuana dispensary than a Catholic church with a bunch of leering priests.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • Manica

      A. Freakin. Men.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  5. Zee

    Here in Michigan, since the law passed, there seems like a 'Medical Marijuana Clinic' on every corner.
    These places are advertising on the radio 'Best Buds' in Lansing for example. Also, a radio advertisement for a place you can go online, pay $199 and get approved for 'Medical Marijuana'. I'm all for healing people, but every loser, dirtbag and idiot with a 'pain' somewhere is lining up for their fix. REALLY SAD....

    March 30, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • Dakota

      I am not in you state so of course I'm not familiar with the laws pertaining to the acquisition of a card for purchasing medical marijuana but I'd like to say that in California we too have advertisements which claim "Pay this '...whatever dollar amount.." and get approved. However, fyi, it's not that simple.
      A patient must provide proof from a physician of a qualifying medical condition then the clinic will approve you if the person reviewing it agrees. Yes, I know, of course they'll agree because they want the person to return to make the annual revenue (in CA we have to reapply every year) but still.. it's not as simple as your making it sound.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Think about it a bit, Zee. Those people going to the clinic are not buying through the usual drug trade, so the violent drug gangs no longer get money from it. The people going to the clinic would get it anyway, but this way tax revenue is raised, instead of being spent policing and imprisoning drug offenders.

      The lessons learned during Prohibition are very clear: There are big economic and public safety gains that would come from the legalization of drugs, with no long term increase in usage. Prohibition does not meaningfully decrease consumption, but it does create a violent black market which costs huge sums to address. Nothing bad came from re-legalizing alcohol that wasn't happening anyway.

      March 30, 2011 at 1:04 am |
  6. pete

    I'd rather have a dispensary than a church in my neighborhood.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  7. Al

    King James Bible
    And the earth brought forth grass, [and] herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  8. Butch

    This headline should read, "Church Irks Pot Shop"

    March 30, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • Target

      It should read "Child molesting church lurks near medical dispensary"

      March 30, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  9. Bob Keene

    If God created plants and buds that I find and abuse
    Then who the f–k are you to judge me?

    March 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  10. Tony

    mike

    it should mimic the law of a pharmacy being near a church and a school. its not illegal for a pharmacy to be near a church and its not illegal for a pharmacy to be near a school, so why should it be illegal for a MEDICAL MARIJUANA "PHARMACY" to be near a church and a school?
    ================
    Such a valid point, especially when you consider that MOST of those Narcotics at said pharmacy are addictive and have the potential to KILL!! Cannabis on the other hand is less addictive than coffee and is IMPOSSIBLE to die from. Rediculous.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  11. Forrest

    Jesus wore hemp sandals, as did most the people in his time and place. It is a plant, given to man by God. I can't believe Christians would have a problem with it.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  12. JJ

    Move the church. The children will be much safer far away from disgusting child molesters than from a medical pot store.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  13. flavorpistol

    Um, wouldn't MEDICAL be the key word? Religion is far more damaging than pot has ever been, responsible for far more deaths and suffering and when people get addicted to it they give up on education.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • Target

      Wow. Just. Wow.

      March 30, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  14. JJ

    move the church.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  15. cnnshouldcheckusgs

    weed is way safer than religion

    nuff said

    March 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  16. leonid7

    If it was a walgreens or walmart, both of which dispense prescription medication, would they have a problem?

    March 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  17. mike

    it should mimic the law of a pharmacy being near a church and a school. its not illegal for a pharmacy to be near a church and its not illegal for a pharmacy to be near a school, so why should it be illegal for a MEDICAL MARIJUANA "PHARMACY" to be near a church and a school?

    March 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  18. Shawn Irwin

    If the church really wanted them to move, all they would need to do is fork over some cash to the owner to pay his moving expenses and a little extra for the trouble. Or maybe he church should move!

    March 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  19. redhen3

    Religion is ridiculous – priests in the Catholic church have done more harm than medical marijuana will ever do. Tax those businesses and tax General Electric!

    March 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Target

      GE zuss!

      March 30, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  20. firestarter916

    hottbuttons.wordpress.com

    March 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • FLACO...

      .......WHAT DO PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE IN SOMETHING THAT IS BASED ON FAITH...HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH SOMETHING THAT IS PROVEN TO HELP PEOPLE...???...

      March 30, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Morgana

      Learn a lesson from California dispensaries and just keep far away from schools. The average person is too ignorant to know that doesn't mean you are selling to children. Its a projection, it comes straight from their own mind and has nothing to do with reality, but they will get a new law passed every time and you will be shut down or have to move. Of course you're not selling to children, and proximity of a dispensary will have nothing to do with whether or not someone desires and seeks marijuana. Just stay away from schools, people freak out about it. I don't know about the church. Churches haven't been as much of a nuisance here, but likely in that area of the country have closer ties to public officials and therefore, unfair decisions can come of it. Definitely stay away from schools, but probably best to not put any trust in the church to be compassionate. So there you go, avoid the time sink of the uptight who will insist your intentions are the ones they made up, rather tan your true ones. It sucks, just go along with it if you want to stay in business.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:20 am |
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