Sterling Heights cracks down on medical marijuana grow operations

- The city of Sterling Heights is cracking down on medical marijuana growers after a dramatic increase in complaints about illegal pot shops popping up across the city.

The illegal marijuana grow operation named in the lawsuit is in a quiet Sterling Heights neighborhood. Glenn Pollard lives next door and admits that he's seen some crazy things.

"At times 10 - 15 cars in and out of the driveway, constantly and continuously - all hours of the day and night," Pollard said.

He's not alone. Another neighbor, Barbara, said she came home from a trip to Florida and noticed her neighbor had some new air conditioner units installed.

"Came home from Florida to a nocuous order in my yard and our lights flickering every five minutes, and we noticed that there were 4 AC units in the backyard," Barbara said.

The house is in the 3500 block of Leason Road. Neighbors and authorities both say it's an illegal medical marijuana grow operation and it has to go.

"Medical marijuana grow operations in residential areas are a huge problem," Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor said.

The problem has grown so big that the city filed a lawsuit in Macomb County circuit court to crack down on the operations, the bright grow lights, and the smell.

"I can smell it  in front of my garage which is almost 200 feet away," Pollard said.

The city hopes the lawsuit will force medical marijuana growers to shape up or ship out.

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