Ordinance would shutter 5 out of 6 medical marijuana dispensaries
|By City Pulse Staff|
Outlets would be forced to Lansing's far ends
To see the full map, click here.
The Lansing City Council has spent nearly a decade struggling with the medical marijuana dispensary issue. In 2010, it approved an ordinance that allowed for 48. But before it could be implanted the state courts ruled them all illegal.
Only a few defied the ruling — and nothing happened to them in Lansing, thanks to the progressive position of the Bernero administration. Gradually, old owners reopened and new ones came along until they flourished again. Some estimates ran as high as 80 dispensaries in 2016.
But then opposition, from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce on one end of the economic spectrum and from the south end on the other, persuaded the administration to declare a moratorium. Meanwhile, City Council’s Public Safety Committee undertook the first hard look at dispensaries since the ill-fated 2010 ordinance.
The result, thus far, is an ordinance that treats medical marijuana as if it were a vice, like alcohol or pornography. The tool is zoning.
City Pulse took a hard look at what the current draft of the ordinance would mean to existing dispensaries — a harder look than apparently the city has taken. To our knowledge, the city has no map showing which dispensaries would stay and which would go under the ordinance. Instead, it seems to have a let-the-chips-fall-where-they-may attitude — and the chips fall decidedly in favor of those who want to zooming dispensaries out of existence, or close to it.
The map at left is based on the map the city provided City Pulse after we filed a Freedom of Information request. The blue area is where dispensaries would be prohibited.
We placed existing dispensaries on the map. We came up with 62 through various sources. Efforts to reach a few indicated they may be out of business, so let’s round off the number we could document are in business to 55.
All but eight dispensaries, represented by green dots, would have to close. Those with red dots are the losers. The white area is where dispensaries could open or move to — provided they are not within 500 feet of each other or 500 to 1,000 feet from churches, schools, daycare centers and parks.
Dispensaries in non-restricted areas
These are the dispensaries that City Pulse has determined would be able to stay in business in their current locations:
1. 420 Dank, 3301 Capitol City Blvd.
Dispensaries in restricted areas
These dispensaries would have to close or move if the proposed ordinance becomes law:
1. 420 Solutions, 5528 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.