Proposed regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries would prevent Lansing from issuing any licenses until 2018, and the draft ordinance outlining that program will be debated with public input on August 14.
The City Council approved the meeting in a 5-3 vote on Monday evening, as reported by the Lansing State Journal. The three Council members standing in opposition to the public hearing are Jody Washington, Adam Hussein and a figure already known to Council observers for their her-dispensary position: Carol Wood.
Lansing has approximately 70 medical marijuana distribution centers, per quotes from Council members. Lansing State Journal reporter Eric Lacy wrote that Lansing will be holding a public hearing on a proposed medical marijuana ordinance “for the first time in six years.”
The ordinance would regulate all forms of marijuana establishments, including distribution centers known as dispensaries, or provisioning centers. The proposed ordinance would prevent Lansing from licensing any cannabis-related business until after the state begins issuing new licenses for them under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), which will begin in the first quarter of 2018.