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The city has a range of possible responses available, from writing tickets to closing all dispensaries. But Larcom says, "It can also be determined that nothing will be done. It's called prosecutorial discretion and prioritizing."

Inaction seems to be Washtenaw County prosecutor Brian Mackie's preferred course. "Believe it, or not, marijuana is not the most important issue that we deal with," he emails. "We will follow the law. We will handle any warrant requests that come to us" from local police departments.

What about LAWNET, the regional drug enforcement consortium that raided two local dispensaries two years ago? "LAWNET has bigger fish, too," says Larcom.

The dispensaries' best hope, says Postema, is a bill before the state legislature that would grant local communities the option to pass their own ordinances either licensing or prohibiting dispensaries. Postema testified in favor of the local option before the House Judiciary Committee in late May. "So far the committee's reaction has been very, very positive," says Ann Arbor state rep Jeff Irwin, a member of the committee. He believes the chances the bill will become law are "fairly good."

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