Lansing City Council Passes Medical Marijuana Moratorium

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

It was a mad dash. 7 dispensaries added their names to a list of businesses allowed to open or stay open despite a medical marijuana moratorium imposed in Lansing at the very last second. That makes it a maximum of 62 businesses allowed to operate within the city's limits during a more than 6 month ban on new medical marijuana establishments.

Lansing City Council passed the moratorium 6-0 after a lengthy public hearing during which many members of the public were critical of the moratorium.

"We're postponing some economic development opportunities, jobs creation for our community," said Mary Lindemann with Cannabis Patients United.

"A lot of people don't realize the magnitude by telling these commercial opportunities you can't grow," said Jeff Peck, owner of Green Solutions USA. "It doesn't make any sense financially for the long term."

But Councilwoman Carol Wood tried to allay some concerns by offering an amendment at Monday's meeting that shortened the moratorium from one year to a little less than seven months. She says that should give the city an opportunity to catch its breath.

"I think it allows us a chance to put together an ordinance that's comprehensive," said Wood.

"It is causing a little bit of concern in those areas because we don't have the licensing and safety precautions," said Councilwoman Jessica Yorko, who opposed the moratorium a week ago, but changed her opinion when it was shortened.

The Ingham County Attorney's office sent a representative to the meeting to speak in favor of the moratorium.


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  • by Jay Location: Lansing on Jan 7, 2011 at 08:13 PM
    Michigan ave should be changed to the marijuana mile hahahahaha just completely make it legal for everyone 90 percent of the people with theses cards have no real illness its a joke just completely legalize it and the real drug dealers won't have any business
  • by Ken Location: Eaton Rapids on Jan 5, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    I am having regrets about voting for the MM ballot proposal. Few know that a federal ban on research on Medical Marijuana has been in effect for my lifetime and there is so much unknown. It has been well publicized that smoking pot helps cancer patients and is somehow good for glaucoma. I don't think anyone disputes letting a wretched, dying cancer patient have a few tokes to ease his pain. Now these MM joints are opening up and attracting the seedy side of society and suddenly smoking pot is good for every ailment under the sun. Time for a moratorium!
  • by Greg Location: Lansing on Dec 7, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    The State of Michigan needs to walk down the street and take note here. What really needs to happen is the State needs to hand the distribution over to the State Liqour Commission, and control it as it does Alcohol. Limit who sells and how many in an area per population. This seems reasonable and the state can feel in control.
  • by Dennis Location: Ingham County on Dec 7, 2010 at 04:14 AM
    When medical marijuana was added to the ballot it seems to me that these politicians would have gotten their acts together and worked out the bugs so that this law could be enacted properly. They have dropped the ball and patients needing these services pay the price for their lack of competence. Carol Wood seems to be the chief slacker on this but not surprising she seems to have a track record of incompetence. The council needs to take this time and educate themselves on Marijuana and realize this is not rocket science it's pot, let the businesses open and pay taxes and create jobs so that patients can LEGALLY obtain these products rather then buying it in dark alleys...
  • by Dennis Location: Ingham County on Dec 7, 2010 at 04:14 AM
    When medical marijuana was added to the ballot it seems to me that these politicians would have gotten their acts together and worked out the bugs so that this law could be enacted properly. They have dropped the ball and patients needing these services pay the price for their lack of competence. Carol Wood seems to be the chief slacker on this but not surprising she seems to have a track record of incompetence. The council needs to take this time and educate themselves on Marijuana and realize this is not rocket science it's pot, let the businesses open and pay taxes and create jobs so that patients can LEGALLY obtain these products rather then buying it in dark alleys...
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