As you may be aware, the will of the voters is under attack in the city of Detroit. The medical marijuana initiative that was passed by the voters in Nov. 2017 has been effectively overturned. A small handful of cronies including seedy businessmen, corrupt city officials, and activist judges have undermined democracy and overturned a popular referendum governing medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit.
An industry that is putting Detroiters back to work, raising the value of property in Detroit and providing a great deal of prosperity into a city that desperately needs it is being held hostage because corrupt out-of-town interests who want a gravy train all for themselves. VK Real Estate Holdings III LLC was the primary interest behind these lawsuits. Aided by a city council that wants the market tightly controlled by a few well-connected insiders, they have imperiled the entire medical marijuana industry.
VK Real Estate Holdings III LLC is a company that is closely affiliated with Chris Hindo. Hindo is a businessman and property owner who lives in metropolitan Detroit, outside of the actual city. His holding company is applying for a permit to run a medical marijuana dispensary. He should have the same rights as anyone else to run a dispensary. However, looking at how his family ran a hotel property in Inkster shows the unethical nature of this man. He is far from reputable, and his lawsuit is clearly not meant to protect consumers if you understand his history. He has no scruples about benefiting from the drug and prostitution trade, and his own motel was shut down as a result of his poor and dangerous business practices.
The Michigan Motel of Inkster, MI was forcibly put out of business after a series of fire violations in 2017 and a long record of abuses described by authorities. Over $100,000 of law enforcement resources were wasted because of frequent calls to this dilapidated hotel that was a hub for all kinds of illicit behavior including prostitution and the illegal drug trade. Muggings and other assaults were concentrated around this slum for many years. Hindo did nothing to clean up this mess, and the state was forced to intervene to safeguard the community.
The motel was used as a front for illegal drugs. Hindo and VK Holdings maintained their hotel in a way that it would attract nothing but the dregs of the world. They never complied with regulations and did not care about the damage they were doing to the surrounding area. When they were closed, the residents of Inkster rejoiced that this locus of crime and degeneracy was no longer in operation. Now that Hindo has lost that source of income, he wants into the medical marijuana industry and doesn’t want to be burdened by competition. He wants to control the marketplace and is being assisted by the courts and city council in his quest to monopolize the industry.
We need to keep illegal drug pushers out of this industry. Passing the medical marijuana act in 2008 was supposed to do that. For far too long, the marijuana trade was driven underground and run by criminal elements due to prohibition and the war on drugs. Now that medicinal marijuana is legalized, there is no reason for lowlifes to dominate the industry. This is what is happening because of these frivolous lawsuits. And make no mistake about it, Hindo and VK Holdings knew exactly what was going on at the Michigan Motel the entire time.
According to a Click On Detroit report about the Michigan Motel (and the liquor store next door with the same ownership), Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said: “There’s cutting agents, pill presses, there are containers that you actually use to magnetize to the bottom of vehicles so you can transport narcotics.”
These startling facts indicate that Chris Hindo and VK Holdings were not just hapless fools unaware that their run-down motel was a dope front, but rather they were willing and active participants in this sinister drug trade. Now that we have established the character of this man and his real estate operation, let us examine the particulars of the lawsuit that he filed to overturn the democratic process in the city of Detroit.
JUDICIAL TYRANNY IN THE MOTOR CITY
In the baseless lawsuit, Hindo and VK Holdings are attempting to conflate spacing requirements with zoning provisions. Although they cannot point to one single case where spacing requirements are required to be listed as zoning, the lawsuit was upheld in a court of law. The referendum was overwhelmingly approved by voters, but lawyers, bureaucrats and cronies are using the courts to stop the reforms that the people clearly want to be enacted.
The initiative approved by Detroit voters was written in pursuance to the law. The restrictions supersede any zoning scheme, and are meant to allay the concerns of the people by providing common sense restrictions. These were put into the referendum because law-abiding business leaders wanted to protect the community and create a safe, regulated market. This safe, regulated market is being impeded by bad actors filing asinine lawsuits, and the government apparatus that is naturally biased against cannabis is helping these bad actors along either knowingly or unknowingly.
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Colombo is an enemy of democracy. He effectively overthrew the political process with an arbitrary and biased ruling. In a scandalous turn of events, the city started as the defendant but actually became the plaintiff in the case. The city turned their backs on the people they were supposed to be representing, and worked with a gang of crooks to overthrow democracy. They were all working on the same team to strangle a burgeoning industry providing jobs, prosperity and medicine to an entire community. The judges, bureaucrats, prosecutors and lawyers within our government are empowering the worst of the worst because they care only about preserving their own power and privilege.
The committee will keep fighting despite these setbacks. We know the truth is on our side and despite the corruption within our political system, we believe that the truth will prevail in the end. We will take this to the Supreme Court if needed. The fight never ends, and we will see it through until its over. Medical marijuana was approved in 2008, and we have been fighting ever since. We fight for the patients, caregivers, dispensary owners, and the people of Detroit who are benefiting from the many jobs provided by this industry. The public is on our side, as any opinion poll will demonstrate, and the committee will expose this corruption and ultimately be victorious in the end. Marijuana prohibition is in its death throes, and these are little more than the last desperate gasps of a dying system of control.
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