Pot shop owner works to combat seedy image of medical pot shops

- Kim G. is co-owner of 420 Dank, a medical marijuana dispensary on Detroit's east side, which offers a wide range of pot, marijuana infused edibles and a convenient drive through.

"It's not a convenience it's a necessity," said Kim G.

Kim says Detroit's marijuana ordinance would be a buzzkill for her business.

"They're being very restrictive about where we can be and where we can't be."

It would ban drive-through's, require  medical marijuana shops to get a license, and they  would have to be at least a thousand radial feet away from schools, parks and churches - and twice as far away from  topless bars, liquor stores, and other medical marijuana businesses.

"When patients need access to their medicine they don't want to go into industrial parks," said Kim G. "They want to be able to use facilities that have the thoroughfare, the retail sections of Detroit."

She's talking about customers like Carl Shafer.

"I have bad anxiety, I'm disabled."

He smokes pot to ease the pain from injuries he suffered in a car crash.

"I have multiple herniated disks, with degenerative bone disease."

Critics say the ordinance cracking down on cush consumers and dispensaries is definitely needed. There have been a number of shootings at medical marijuana shops and police have raided others.

Kim says they're nothing but rule followers and do gooder ganja lovers at 420 Dank.

They make sure everyone who comes in has a valid medical marijuana card and they give back to the community, donating backpacks, helping board up abandoned houses, and that's not all.

"We had a non-patient who's from our community, an elderly woman who is a widower and didn't have any means to fix her roof," said Kim G. "She came and asked us for help. We put a roof on her house."

The Detroit Planning Commission will have a public hearing on the proposed ordinance on October 29th. Then it will go back to Detroit City Council for a vote. A date has not been set for the vote.

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