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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. Peter

    I would be far more concerned for my child's safety if a church moved in across from my local marijuana dispensary.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:04 am |
  2. Joshua Ludd

    So, the church and school would have a problem with a pharmacy opening in the location????

    March 30, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  3. Shannon Underwood

    Someone forgot to tell them Jesus was a mushroon. MJ doesn't abuse children or subjegate women, this could be a safe haven for the poor abused Catholic children.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  4. Hmmm

    Pot has had religious purposes for 100s of years

    March 30, 2011 at 12:58 am |
  5. Boomer

    Jesus would have bought his weed from the dispenserary across from the church.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:53 am |
  6. Jeffision

    Would the church also freak out if a Chinese Medicine clinic moved in across the street, with a full herbal pharmacopoeia? Medical marijuana is a restricted _medicine_ not available to minors, and a medical marijuana dispensary is not the equivalent of a liquor store. Ghaaahhh...religious people need to put down the bible and start thinking.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:46 am |
  7. rebelking

    And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
    [12] 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.
    genesis 1 verse 11-12. the church has nothing to fear according to the bible

    March 30, 2011 at 12:46 am |
  8. plaztikjezuz

    what's the problem?
    to buy from there the students would have to be qualified medical marijuana patients.

    i saw one of the priests from the church refer to the place as a drug house, well then rite aid's and walgreens are also drug houses. father.

    teach your children well and they will not have drug problems.

    lol

    March 30, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  9. RevChaucey

    Headline: Nearby church irks local pot shop. There, fixed.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  10. Manica

    The reporter stated the owner claimed it was difficult to obtain a place to lease on a such a busy street. So obviously it's a prime piece of real estate because of the amount of traffic. When it comes to business, which is what this establishment is, doesn't every body deserve the right to location, location, location? Why is the church on such a busy street? Perhaps maybe for the same reason? So it's ok to shove religion in your face but not health care?

    March 30, 2011 at 12:41 am |
  11. X39

    Pot is an affront to the innocence of children! But alcohol is fine. Doug Edwards at 0:52 employes a classic "slippery slope" fallacy to support his prejudice. Pot vending machines in schools? Come on, Doug. You're smarter than that...

    March 30, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  12. thelanceman

    leave it up to the catholic church, the most holy place on earth. with no sin and 1000's of virgin priest.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  13. JiminTX

    I think the real reason churches don't want this kind of place (in addition to strip clubs, etc.) next to them is because then its members will be much more likely to be seen frequenting them...

    March 30, 2011 at 12:36 am |
  14. Greg Smith

    How can we get the statistics to the amount of stoners that are child molesters. Those stats are really easy to come for the catholic church...maybe we can get a comparison. In the mean time a large portion of society needs to find some free time in order too stand in front of a mirror. I'm sure there's nothing else, issues I mean, or causes, that are more important than a pot dispensary. Change the world while you're at it.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  15. Vinnie

    What would Jesus smoke?

    March 30, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • john

      Jesus would probably only smoke the finest og kush...

      March 30, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  16. Kevin Anderson

    Christians suck. Bottom line.

    Hypocrites, and cowards.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  17. Bman

    I'd be more worried about my kids getting abused by some priest than the medical dispensary across the street.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • Lisa Mitchell

      Not to mention they can get "better" drugs @ school~

      March 30, 2011 at 1:04 am |
  18. Dave

    Churches should be tolerant, giving, understanding, and respectful. The fact that they have a problem with medical pot irks me.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  19. Buddha

    Probably conforms to zoning, having two drug dispensaries across the streeet from each other.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • Mike

      Ha ha ha! EPIC post.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • Nitrogen

      I get it! It's a joke. Ha.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • Lisa Mitchell

      LMFAO!!! Classic!

      March 30, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  20. path mattters

    The church shouldn't fear pot. Violent crime is not connected to pot use. It isn't a gateway drug any more than a desire to be high is a gateway desire. I have friends who have made it through their chemo with close to their wieght prior to chemo, because of pot's appet ite stimulating properties. It is a blessing from God. Don't fear it. You can fear hippies, if you so desire, but don't fear pot.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:24 am |
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