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New Regulations For Lansing Medical Marijuana Shops

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People at a Lansing medical marijuana shop speak out against the new city ordinance. Dozens of medical marijuana shop owners in Lansing woke up to new restrictions. They were passed by the Lansing City Council.

The new ordinance says new licensed shops will be allowed to grow and dispense in the city's industrial and certain commercial zones. Medical pot shops can only be open between the hours of 7 in the morning to 11 at night and they can not set up shop within one thousand feet of a church or school. Lansing's existing 48 dispensaries will be grand fathered in until July 1st of next year to comply with the new rules.

People at one shop there's no reason for a new ordinance. One medical marijuana shop after the next, it sets the scene along Lansing's Michigan Avenue, but new restrictions imposed by the city council will soon change all of that for dispensaries like Top Shelf Budz.

Darrow Medrano: "It's pretty much self regulated. They did have some things implemented that were fine."

Darrow Medrano says city council's new ordinance crosses the line. Within it, dispensaries must be at least a thousand feet from churches, schools and each other. For Top Shelf and many other shops, that's a problem. It's across the street from The Popcorn Bag pot shop, so even if all other guidelines are met, one of them will have to move.

Darrow Medrano: "We don't know if we're going to have to move or not, so I guess the not knowing is stress in itself."

The city is also looking to cap the number of pot shops within city limits. Employees say they've done nothing wrong.

Employee: "People are still treating it like it's illegal and it's not."

Given the uncertainty of who will have to move and how many pot shops the city will allow, shop management says the city can expect legal action in the future. City council's public safety committee is scheduled to meet this Thursday to discuss a licensing fee and a cap on dispensaries.

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