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WARREN — With a web of litigation swirling over Warren’s botched process for licensing medical marijuana dispensaries, officials have approved an agreement and an ordinance change that would let up to 18 medical marijuana dispensaries set up shop in the city.

The Warren City Council voted 5-2 on Aug. 24 to approve a settlement that would result in the dismissal of litigation against the city in Macomb County Circuit Court. The litigation arose from an original 2019 lawsuit brought by a list of entities that were denied licenses. The case was joined by another batch of 15 operators who saw their licenses awarded by the city and then revoked by a judge, who ruled that Warren’s Medical Marihuana Review Committee had violated the Open Meetings Act during the vetting process.

According to materials provided to the council, those 15 original license holders would receive a conditional city of Warren medical marihuana provisioning center license within seven days of the effective resolution, thus settling any claim of damages arising out of the original  

In a separate measure, the City Council voted 5-2 to amend Warren’s code of ordinances to increase the number of medical marijuana

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