This repost was from 2016, since then most of the medicinal dispensaries have or are going through legal battles to stay open. They are fighting hard and have supporters who have no investment in the wellbeing of our children.
Several radio hosts are discussing the legal battles surrounding new laws. Laws that may open our city to an unlimited number of centers opening if passed.
New changes will allow dispensaries to remain open after December 15, 2017. I say everyone should make sure they read up on laws around this topic and how they directly impact our city.
Check out what I feel below!
Ride two miles on most of the major avenues in Detroit and they are popping up everywhere. Buildings adorned in green lights, green paint and creative names to describe what they sell. On one street there’s even a drive-through that on any given day has a line longer than Taco Bell’s.
Legalized Marijuana Dispensaries started popping up everywhere in 2014. They Outline our cities borders.
I can’t help but wonder, how does state authorities expect for young brown and black children to live above the influence of drugs even as they allow legal dispensaries to pop up on every corner in their neighborhoods? Marijuana providers grossly outnumber the libraries, rec centers, boys and girls clubs, functioning play grounds, after school programs and job readiness supports that Detroit youth desperately need. Dispensaries sit at almost every bus stop up and down Gratiot Ave. and 8 Mile Rd.
I understand the desire to legalize marijuana and don’t judge those who use it. I am more concerned with how the use of marijuana limits black and brown people from progressing. Jobs, schools and even government programs are drug testing based on suspicion. Tell me, what’s the use in legalizing it if you are going to drug test everyone who walks in to apply for a job? I’d love to know how many white children get drug tested by potential employers, compared to other races.
Similarly, what about the arrest rates of black vs. whites who are found with marijuana? The numbers will blow your mind and the percentage of repeat offenders reinforces my belief that this is a set up. Can you imagine if they really made it legal, how many African Americans would not be incarcerated?
Stop setting up our children! You’ve already allowed neighborhoods to crumble and abandoned the people who still live here trying to survive with no resources.
I want our children to see progression, not bondage. I want them to see revitalized playgrounds, urban gardens, an excellent schools in every neighborhood, and flashing signs directing them to higher education. I want family fun centers and old-fashioned penny candy stores back. I want our youth to think of inventive ways to make money and not be impressed by the legalized drug dealers that plague our streets with fancy names and lights.
Think about it, why are there so many in our communities? Why is it so easy to open marijuana dispensaries in Detroit and who is holding them accountable? Get out of my neighborhood dammit!
As always, feel free to let us know what you think.