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Petition Against Lansing's Marijuana Ordinance Twenty Six Signatures Short Of Passing

After both medical and recreational marijuana were legalized this year's crop of Lansing city council candidates are tasked with taking a position on the future of marijuana in the city.
Reginald Hardwick
WKAR Public Media
Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.

A Referendum Petition aiming to stop Lansing’s Medical Marijuana Ordinance has been determined invalid. WKAR’s Karel Vega reports.

A group called Let Lansing Vote filed petitions last month to put a stop to the city’s new medical marijuana ordinance.

Lansing’s Chief Deputy City Clerk Brian P. Jackson says in a release Wednesday that City Clerk Chris Swope made the decision because there weren’t enough valid signatures to pass the petition. They were 26 signatures short of the 4,006 required by the city. Swope says Let Lansing Vote could not re-submit a petition.

"They had a thirty day period from when the ordinance was adopted, so their initial submission." Swope says. "And then once we found that they didn’t have sufficient signatures they had an additional ten days which expired on Monday."

Swope says applications for a provisioning center license will not begin until after November 7.

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