A new medical marijuana ordinance became effective Saturday, Oct. 7, and Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope determined that applications for city of Lansing medical marijuana licenses will now be available.
A web page at lansingmi.gov/marijuana has been created to help the public and potential applicants understand the approval process. Applications, background check forms and other resources for applicants and the public will be available.
“My goal is for this process is to be as fair and efficient as possible in the selection of provisioning centers that protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the City, with the criteria set forth in the Ordinance,” said Swope. “In addition, I know that many Lansing residents depend on these products for their well-being, and we need to move quickly to reduce disruption in access.”
Five different types of licenses are now available, based on the recently passed ordinance: Provisioning Center, Safety Compliance Facility, Processor Facility, Secure Transporter and Grower Facility. All five require licenses from Lansing and the state of Michigan to operate legally.
Applications for the Safety Compliance, Processor, Secure Transporter and Grower Facility Licenses are being accepted as of this past Monday. Provisioning Center Applications will not be accepted yet — the start of the thirty-day application period has not been determined.
The ordinance does not limit the number of licenses for growing, testing, processing and securing the transportation of medical marijuana; a conditional license will be available upon completion of the review process. These types of businesses will be unable to operate until they receive additional approval from the State of Michigan.