Fate of deal to end marijuana dispensary legal saga uncertain – C&G Newspapers


Attorneys representing clients in the Pinebrook Warren LLC vs. City of Warren case met virtually with Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Carl Marlinga on Nov. 30 to address two requested orders in the case and a potential settlement.

Zoom video hearing still captured on YouTube

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Editor’s note: The Warren City Council was scheduled to meet after the Warren Weekly went to press at 7 p.m. on both Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. For breaking news about the lawsuits and the proposed settlement visit www.candgnews.com or find us on Facebook @WarrenWeekly.

WARREN — Will it be boom or bust for Warren and the marijuana dispensary business?

The answer was left unclear on Nov. 24, after the Warren City Council passed on a chance to end 18 months of controversy and costly litigation with a blanket settlement to a series of lawsuits over dispensary licensing, in the apparent hope of a better deal. The settlement was reached at the agreement of all parties, including more than two dozen hopeful dispensary operators, and came at the recommendation of attorneys representing the city and the council.

On Nov. 27, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts vetoed the council’s action to reject the deal. It remained uncertain at press time when and if the council would consider a vote to override the veto, whether an eleventh-hour solution would emerge to break the impasse, and what that would mean either way for the future of the litigation and dispensary operation in metro Detroit’s largest suburb.   

    
The lawsuit
Agreement to the proposed settlement, brokered during months of facilitation that began last spring in Macomb County Circuit Court, would have meant the approval of 28 marijuana provisioning center licenses in Warren, 13 more than the final maximum number approved by members of

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