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LANSING – Whether you like it or not, the marijuana industry has a growing presence in the Lansing region.
By this time next year, the city and some surrounding communities likely will have plenty of licensed commercial establishments. And there’s a chance Michigan voters could approve a ballot measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Reactions are passionate all around. Medical marijuana patients and providers are worried that new state and local regulations will limit their access or harm existing businesses.
Employers and neighborhood activists are concerned with problems that grew in the unregulated environment.
Law enforcement and investors have an eye on the future, where there’s a lot of money involved and uncertainty ahead.
If marijuana is approved for recreational use, experts predict revenues in Michigan to reach at least $700 million per year.
These are the stories of marijuana in mid-Michigan, and the voices of those who are watching a new industry take root, for better or worse.
Here’s a look at what type of impact medical marijuana could have in Michigan, especially the Lansing region. Eric Lacy / Lansing State Journal
Patient: Focused on ‘making it through the day Written by Eric Lacy
At the end of last year, there were 218,556 people with medical marijuana cards in Michigan and 38,107 caregivers.
Teisha Doyle 42, of Lansing, hopes she can make it through 2017.
Without marijuana, Doyle said she could take her own life.
“Literally the only thing that I’m focused