Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has signed an executive order allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to stay open if they apply for a city license by December 15 and a state license by February 15, 2018. The deadline to apply for a city license for dispensaries, growers, processors, safety compliance and secure transportation facilities is December 15.
Dispensaries that don't apply by the deadline or have their applications rejected will be forced to close no later than December 22. Dispensaries are also required to apply for a state license by February 15, 2018 to stay open.
Other medical marijuana businesses will have to shut down by December 31 if they fail to apply or have their applications rejected. They must have a state license by June 15, 2018 to stay open.
The executive order follows rules issued by the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs last week. They allow medical marijuana businesses to keep operating during the licensing process as long as they have applied for one. The city order takes effect immediately.