Backlash after medical marijuana dispensary opens in Barry County

Posted at 6:23 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 18:24:16-04

ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Some residents in a community on Gun Lake are angry about the recent opening of a medical marijuana dispensary.

They say it's not the kind of business they want around their kids, but the owner of the CDXX Boutique sees it differently.

The dispensary is 10 yards from a school bus stop and right next to a popular ice cream shop.

"Right next to the ice cream shop.  Put it anywhere else.  Anywhere else," said resident Terry Baron.  "That's just wrong.  A kid will walk in there thinking they are buying a swim suit or something and walk out with a 20 bag."

Jerry Dan Patrick, the owner of the CDXX Boutique, said it's a perfect location for his shop since there's no other medical dispensaries in the area.

"It's a passion of mine.  I think people should have medical licenses, should have safe access to quality medication that is tested and meets medical standards," he said.

Patrick says no one will be allowed inside the dispensary without a medical marijuana license.

"If you don't have a medical marijuana card you cannot come in my store and get anything, period," he said.  "There is no reason to fear anything."

Patrick says they have all the necessary licenses, insurance and legal representation they need for the shop to operate legally.