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Big Daddy's Hydroponics Eyes New Baltimore

The former Chesterfield Township medical marijuana dispensary and compassion center plans to open on Green Street.

Approximately six months after closing doors in Chesterfield Township, Big Daddy's Hydroponics wants to reopen in neighboring New Baltimore.

Owner Rick Ferris, also known as Big Daddy, told Patch late Monday that he plans to open on Green Street in a vacant building near the New Baltimore Police Department. Ferris says he aims to apply for a business license in the next few days for the leased building that meets Big Daddy's needs.

His customers who use medical marijuana for chronic pain requested a facility in that area, he said.

The business, formerly on Gratiot near 24 Mile Road in Chesterfield, was embroiled in litigation with Chesterfield and the state over allegations it violated zoning laws and was a public nuisance. Much of the case centered on the legal interpretation of the Medical Marihuana Act that a majority of voters passed in 2008.

But, in a letter to Macomb County Circuit Court Judge John Foster, Big Daddy's admitted zoning fault last winter and agreed to shut down its spacious township facility.

New Baltimore officials have mulled over the medical marijuana dispensary issue at length. City Council and Planning Commission officials recently were trying to finalize an ordinance that allows restricted growth in the city.

Check back with Patch for updates. Read more about the local medical marijuana debate here.

Robert B September 18, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Its here get use to it people...Funny most that are prude to the idea are un educated and still listen to the propaganda of the 60's ..pfff soon the old will die and the young will rise...ITs our Time now!!!!
Dan D September 19, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Really?--Just incredible...Is there any wonder why our downtown cannot ever reach its real potential? Whats next, a hookah hangout with a trading post and stripper bar? Are our leaders just bogged down in b.s.? Do they need better legal council? How can Chesterfield find something to chase this guy away yet NB cannot?
Savannah September 20, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Congradulations on the new place Rick & friends!! Can't wait to stop in and say high :)
john September 23, 2012 at 04:18 PM
usa made this drug illegal all over the world, now their selling it in there own back yard very hypercritical and crafty way of getting around their own laws.
Sammy V. September 25, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Tracy-- People use natural medicine (medical marijuana) because they don't want to take pills. Prescribed pharmaceuticals kill 100,000+ Americans each and every year. Marijuana has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Fluid extracts of cannabis were one of the most widely used medicines in the early 20th century and Detroit's own Parke Davis was a leading producer of medical marijuana in the 1920s and 30s. Google it.

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