Port Huron, MI — The City of Port Huron conducted a survey asking community members for their opinions on allowing marijuana dispensaries in the city. Over 1100 responses were gathered.
Over 70% of respondents were in favor of allowing marijuana dispensaries, and 17% wanted restrictions, while just over 10% of respondents said no to pot shops in the city.
There were a variety of comments. Many showed an impatience with the delays in allowing legal shops. Several comments stated that alcohol poses a greater risk than pot and that it is illogical to restrict a less harmful substance. Other commenters pointed out that legal dispensaries can offer a regulated and safer product than the marijuana people are buying from street dealers, which can be of questionable quality with suspicious ingredients. Still others said that they have a medical marijuana card and have to travel to other cities to get their legal products. The economic benefits of a new revenue source in the city were widely touted by the respondents.
There were also plenty of comments that expressed strong opposition to freely selling a substance that has long been classified as an illegal drug and concern was expressed for the odor caused by smoking marijuana.
The city’s current ban on marijuana dispensaries ends on September 30.
Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland