Lansing officials estimate there could be up to 70, possibly 80 medical marijuana dispensaries open in Lansing. This one is located on West Saginaw Highway, west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.(Photo: Eric Lacy / Lansing State Journal)Buy Photo
LANSING — Those interested in obtaining medical marijuana licenses for certain commercial establishments can get applications at City Clerk Chris Swope’s office starting Friday, although dispensaries must wait.
The city’s new medical marijuana ordinance takes effect Saturday and sets up licensing for five types of marijuana businesses:
provisioning centers (also known as dispensaries) safety compliance facilities processor facilities secure transporter facilities grower facilities
Starting 8 a.m. Monday, Swope’s office will accept applications for safety compliance, processor, secure transporter and grower facility licenses.
The office won’t accept applications from provisioning centers until the city sets dates for a 30-day application period.
The news release said there is no benefit to applicants for submitting an application early.
“My goal is for this process is to be as fair and efficient as possible in the selection of provisioning centers that protects the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the city with the criteria set forth in the ordinance,” Swope said in a statement. “In addition, I know that many Lansing residents depend on these products for their well-being and we need to move quickly to reduce disruption in access.”
This medical marijuana dispensary is located at 1804 W. Saginaw St. and remains open. City Council passed an ordinance Sept. 7 that sets a cap at 25 for dispensaries. (Photo: Eric Lacy / Lansing State Journal)
For all marijuana establishments to operating in the city, officials will require licenses from both the city and state.
The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) emphasized in a statement sent Wednesday to