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Pot shop applications deadline looms

Pot shop applications deadline looms
Posted at 7:12 AM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 07:12:29-05

Time is ticking toward Friday's five o-clock deadline for pot shops in Lansing to apply for medical marijuana licenses.

Last week FOX 47 News told you that nobody had applied, that was true up until Wednesday of this week.

The applications have slowly trickled in. 
FOX 47 News talked with Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, he expects to have a lot more Friday when the deadline hits at 5 p.m.

Swope says those who don't apply by Friday won't be forced to shut down right away.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero issued an executive order that gives pot shops a week to close up.

If they aren't closed down after the 22nd, different Lansing agencies will have to force them to stop.

Swope says twenty five licenses will be issued in Lansing, twenty in this first round, and five in the second round, which would be sometime next year.

If things run smoothly they could very well expand and issue more licenses.

Swope says the application process is lengthy, there's a lot to go through to make sure everything checks out.

He says it's because of process that will take city council several weeks to issue the first round of licenses.