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East Lansing OKs medical marijuana ordinance

Posted: 8:41 AM, Nov 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-13 09:45:31-05

Medical marijuana businesses could soon start popping up in the city of East Lansing after city council members agreed on an ordinance.

East Lansing City Councilmember Shanna Draheim tells FOX 47 the council unanimously approved the ordinance in a 5-0 vote last week.

The ordinance does not put a cap on the number of dispensaries that can operate across the city. But the ordinance does use zoning restrictions that would make it possible for only four to five dispensaries to operate in East Lansing.

The ordinance also prohibits dispensaries from operating within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare, liquor store or another dispensary.

Council members also limited dispensaries to four areas called overlay districts.

Those districts include:

-Land zoned for "B2" retail use south of Michigan Avenue and west of Brody Road

-Land bounded by Abbey and Coolidge roads, east of U.S. 127 and south of the city's Office Industrial Park district

-An area near Costco, bounded by Park Lake, Haslett and Merritt Roads

-The East Village area, including land south of Grand River Avenue between Cedar Street and Hagadorn Road

Draheim tells FOX 47 the council could revisit the issue next year to see if they want to allow more locations.