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City Clerk: No Medical Marijuana Businesses Have Applied To Operate in Lansing So Far

Reginald Hardwick
Lansing city clerk Chris Swope

On WKAR's "Morning Edition" with Brooke Allen, Lansing city clerk Chris Swope said the city has received no applications to operate a medical marijuana business in the coming year.  He also said there may be more changes to the newest ordinance tonight.

Swope said Lansing has received "zero" applications for medical marijuana businesses so far.  

"The state is still coming up with their rules, and I think from a business perspective people are thinking to themselves 'I don't want to pay a $5000 application fee to the city of Lansing if something in the state rules are going to prohibit me from operating," said Swope.

It is now accepting applications for all five types of medical marijuana businesses in Lansing. The applications for businesses involved in growing, production, secure transport and testing are open ended. The applications for provisioning centers (dispensaries) will be accepted until December 15.

"Once that closes, we will do our evaluation and complete review of the applications and select 20 from those applicants," said Swope. "And then there will be a second round for the additional five."

Click on this sentence for a link to the city's medical marijuana business page.

As WKAR News reported on November 21, the state of Michigan was supposed to detail its new rules regarding a license to grow, sell or transport medical marijuana before Thanksgiving... but delayed that action.

Tonight,  Lansing city council will take additional action regarding medical marijuana: the council will interview and possibly confirm four appointees by Mayor Virg Bernero to the medical marijuana commission.

Also, council member Jessica Yorko is expected to introduce new amendments to the medical marijuana licensing ordinance.

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