Lansing Council meets to discuss enforcement of medical marijuana laws


LANSING, Mich.(WLNS) – Friday for the first time Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer held an open meeting to speak about her role and responsibilities in regards to prosecuting Medical Marijuana cases in Lansing

Right now Lansing is trying to develop an ordinance to control the “budding industry.”

But there is already a state statute on the books, it’s called the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and it only allows caregivers to sell the medical drug to a total of 5 patients.

According to Lansing Council Member Carol Wood that means many of the dispensaries in the city are operating “outside of the law” and are “lucky” to be in business.

The biggest takeaway Lansing City Council tells 6 News following Friday’s meeting is that you can’t legally control the medical marijuana industry in the city unless all invested parties are on the same page.

At Friday’s meeting, Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer cleared up some misconceptions about her role when it comes to prosecuting illegal medical marijuana cases.

Prosecutor Whitmer says she is doing everything in her power to prosecute criminal cases but that her office is not an investigative agency and so she needs help from local law enforcement.

However Whitmer confirms since 2011, no cases have been brought to her office by Lansing Police Department.

“We rely on police agencies to bring them to us first and if they are taking direction and it’s ambiguous we are in a position where we have nothing to go forward on so we wait on that,” said Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer.

At Friday’s meeting council members went over draft 4 of the Medical Marijuana Ordinance.

Wood says her goal is to set a public hearing and adopt the ordinance by the end of September.

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