In Greater Lansing, a fight is brewing between medical marijuana activists and city officials, who continue to implement Lansing’s 2017 Medical Marijuana Ordinance No.1217.
On March 23, Lansing issued its first round denials with 18 dispensaries receiving denial letters, many of which were already operating within the city.
The ordinance limits the amount of medical marijuana dispensaries to 20, with five more to be added on an undecided date.
Popular dispensaries that have been denied include Capital Dank in Reo Town and Capital Wellness.
In addition to city closures of medical marijuana dispensaries, eight Lansing dispensaries, including Capital Dank, have received state issued cease and desist orders for not applying by the Feb. 15 deadline for state medical marijuana licenses, according to the Lansing State Journal.
Over 200 cease and desist letters were sent to dispensaries across the state of Michigan. There were 85 dispensary applications submitted to the city of Lansing.
Before the passage of the ordinance, some reports claimed there were as many as 80 medical marijuana dispensaries operating within city limits.
“They have an appeal process, so they can submit a written appeal within 14 days of their denial. So far, I don’t think a deadline has passed to submit an appeal,” Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said. “They have two rounds of appeals actually, and then after that they would have to file a lawsuit.”
In November 2017, pro-marijuana group Let Lansing Vote sued Swope in relation to a referendum attempt to overturn the 2017 Medical Marijuana Ordinance. Members of Let Lansing Vote pleaded with city officials at the city council meeting on March 26.
“Let Lansing Vote is a group of people who believe that it’s important to let the citizens vote on ordinances of concern,” said Sarah Wilbur, a member of Let Lansing Vote