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Illegal Pot Shops Still Open In Lansing

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"We've been waiting for the government to decide what the rules are," said Tim Jenkins, General Manger of Star Budz medical marijuana dispensary in Lansing.

He says he's trying to do everything right. Star Budz is one of about a dozen dispensaries that have opened up in Lansing in the past few months.

But according to the state, his shop is illegal.

Last year the Supreme Court of Michigan ruled patients can only get medical marijuana from a licensed care giver, or grow it themselves.

But in Lansing there's a city ordinance from 2011 saying dispensaries are legal if the owner has a license.

Jenkins says he's done everything he can to find and apply for a license for his shop, but he says there's no clear way on how to do it. And the local government is still trying to figure it out.

City council members don't understand why illegal shops are being allowed to operate.

"I think our city attorney should send out a cease and desist order to each and every one of these establishments," said Jody Washington, Lansing city councilwoman. "And if they want to reopen, they must reopen by following the proper procedures by being licensed."

The mayor told News 10 the city ordinance can't trump the supreme court ruling.

"Our old ordinance is not ideal, it's a little cumbersome," Mayor Virg Bernero said. "But we're doing the best we can with it. And I'm hopeful that soon we'll be able to have a new regulation in accordance with the law that's gonna make things a little more clear."



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Why in the world would ANY sick person with a card be arrested in the State while dozens of these "illegal" provisioning schemes are allowed to operate.

This reminds me of the sick crack addicted people being cuffed daily and stuffed in over crowded prisons, while crack houses flourish sometimes for years all over the state.


Fishay Fishay

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Oh I get that Bob.

My comment was meant more to bring attention to the fact

that the media rarely gets their 'facts' right.


We really haven't had many 'new' open in the Lansing area,

unless of course I've missed some in my meanderings :)

I have a very difficult time believing I've managed to miss

"...about a dozen dispensaries that have opened up in Lansing in the past few months."

Just not so.

Myself and a friend will be out n about the City tomorrow in search of these

so called "about a dozen" newly opened dispensaries. Purely a fact finding adventure.

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Don't know about selling to his five but as long as he is trying to do things right well i'am not sure how the Judge will feel about that


i do know the place a few years ago they had Cannabis selling their for $90 dollars a gram and 680-720 a OZ for others

if they're turning a profit, enough to stay open, who can blame them? Patients are supporting these centers and don't seem to mind. I am concerned of the ill that need small amounts but cannot afford those prices. And since these places are illegal in the first place, what makes us think this may be the real source of illicit pot on the streets ? It might b more convenient for those in power to simply blame caregivers in the program, while protecting certain provisioning centers and their activity? I'm glad I'm dead soon, too tired to lift the sword anymore. carry on young folk

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