Josh Covert is an attorney who works almost exclusively with clients facing marijuana-related legal problems, or involved in the business of marijuana. Nick King and Laura Trabka/Lansing State Journal
Capital Dank, a medical marijuana dispensary located on S. Washington Avenue in Lansing, received a cease and desist letter from the state of Michigan.(Photo: Sarah Lehr)
LANSING — Some Lansing medical marijuana businesses have been warned to stop operating immediately, as both the city and the state zero in on facilities believed to be non-compliant.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has released its list of more than 200 medical marijuana establishments statewide that received cease and desist letters because they did not apply for a state license by the Feb. 15 deadline for facilities operating under Michigan’s emergency rules. Eight of those businesses are in Lansing.
The city of Lansing is taking similar action on the local level, but the mayor’s office remains mum on several key details.
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, who took office Jan. 1, said the city is enforcing its 2017 medical marijuana ordinance. That ordinance outlined the city’s medical marijuana licensing process and capped the number of dispensaries, also called provisioning centers, at 25 citywide.
Schor also says that the city continues to enforce an executive order issued by his predecessor Virg Bernero in December.
Andy Schor, left, looks at Virg Bernero during a news conference on Monday, December 18, 2017. Schor succeeded Bernero as Lansing mayor for a four-year term starting Jan. 1, 2018. (Photo: MATTHEW DAE SMITH/Lansing State Journal)
That order warned medical marijuana facilities to apply for a city license by Dec. 15 or face being shut down by the city starting