Council to vote on medical marijuana moratorium

Posted at 7:13 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 19:13:05-04

The Lansing City Council is set to vote on the mayor's proposed moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries on May 2.

The public safety committee approved it Friday, just day's after the mayor asked them to ban new pot shops from opening.

"There's a whole bunch of them," said owner of Hydroworld, Danny Trevino. "There's too many."

The mayor estimates there are 60 dispensaries in the city, and Trevino thinks they're hurting the industry. So he's for the mayor's proposed moratorium.

"If you don't know what you're doing, you're not going to be that profitable anyways," Trevino said. "So I notice a whole bunch, in my opinion, that aren't going to stay successful."

The moratorium announced Monday would prevent any more pot shops from opening in the city of Lansing, and the mayor hopes it would get the drug out of city neighborhoods, and into a commercial industry instead.

"If we believe that medical marijuana card holders should be able to legally get that product, then we're going to have to regulate it," Mayor Virg Bernero said Friday. "We have to make sure that people are safe, that the stuff is decent and that the neighborhoods are safe."

Council member Carol Wood discussed the moratorium at Friday's meeting, and said she's worried if they don't pass it and a new ordinance, more shops will show up.

"There are more than probably meet the market needs," Wood said.

So she's hoping to have a moratorium, and an enforceable ordinance in place by the summer.

"We don't want to have everybody coming into Lansing trying to open up a store immediately, hoping to get some advantage because they're already open."

Some neighborhood organizations have expressed concerns about the moratorium, and whether or not it could actually be enforced.

Stay with Fox 47 News for updates on the council's decision on May 2.