The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) gave its strong endorsement to a vote by Lansing City Council to place a moratorium on the establishment of medical marijuana establishments in the city. The ordinance will prohibit any new establishments from opening after May 12, 2016 so the City Council can study and adopt a new ordinance to regulate the medical marijuana industry in the city.
“A moratorium is a common sense approach that will allow the Mayor and City Council to thoughtfully develop a comprehensive ordinance to properly and safely regulate the medical marijuana industry,” said Steve Japinga, LRCC director of government relations.
The number of medical marijuana establishments has increased greatly in Lansing in recent months causing widespread concern in the community. LRCC has been working with Mayor Virg Bernero and the City Council for several months in support of a moratorium. A survey of LRCC members in Lansing showed business owners overwhelmingly expressing concerns regarding the lack of proper regulations.
“The moratorium gives everyone a chance to step back and focus on a multitude of issues that need to be addressed including safe access for patients, quality provisioning centers, strong enforcement of zoning policies, a vigorous application process, testing of products and appropriate fees to effectively enforce the ordinance,” said Japinga.