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Lansing set to vote on marijuana rule changes

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Posted at 8:19 AM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 09:02:22-04

LANSING, Mich. — It's been almost a year since Michigan voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana.

On Monday, Sept. 30, the city of Lansing is set for a vote aimed at paving the way for pot shops in the Capitol City.

City Council is planning to vote on changes to Lansing's marijuana ordinance.

The new rules would amend a medical marijuana ordinance adopted by council members in 2017.

The proposal would allow up to 28 businesses to sell recreational and/or medical pot. It would also allow those businesses to sell marijuana to people without a state-issued medical marijuana card.

Right now, the city allows up to 25 medical marijuana dispensaries. A business could be licensed to sell both recreational and medical pot under the proposal.

The new rules would allow up to four marijuana social clubs, one in each ward. Those businesses can sell pot to customers if they have a license to do so. If the business does not have the required license, the business would be a BYOM (Bring Your Own Marijuana) site for people ages 21 and over.

The orindance would also allow up to four one-stop pot shops. The microbusiness is sort of analogous to the concept of a microbrewery for beer. The smaller-scale business could grow up to 150 marijuana plants, process the pot and then sell to customers at the same place. Licensed retailers and dispensaries can sell marijuana, but cannot grow or process it.

The rules would set a cap on marijuana growers and eventually allow licenses for up to 55 facilities.

The ordinance would eliminate the appeals board.

City Council expects the new rules to take effect by the Nov. 1.

A public hearing is scheduled to happen on Monday night before the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 10th floor of Lansing City Hall on W. Michigan Ave.

The council is expected to vote on the new rules following the hearing.

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