Flint City Council delays vote on medical marijuana ordinance

After postponing a vote last month, the Flint City Council once again delayed action Monday on an ordinance that would force some medical marijuana dispensaries to move.

Council members unanimously decided to table a vote on the proposal that would require dispensaries to be at least 1,000 feet away from a church, school or park. The current ordinance requires dispensaries to be at least 500 feet away from churches, schools and parks.

The decision followed a public hearing during which some residents spoke out against the changes.

Businesses that opened before August of 2011 â?? when the city put a moratorium on dispensaries â?? would be grandfathered in and allowed to stay at their current location.

Council President Scott Kincaid has said six or seven dispensaries would have to move if the ordinance is passed.

â??We're going to be very diligent in getting our answers so we can actually not stall this process any longer and then get a piece of legislation on the books to help support the people who need medical marijuana,â?? Councilman Sheldon Neeley said. Council is expected to take up the matter at next month's meeting.

Also next month, Councilman Neeley is expected to introduce an ordinance that would require pit bull owners to register their animals with police. They would be charged with a misdemeanor if their pit bulls attack someone.