In November 2017, pro-marijuana group Let Lansing Vote sued Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope in relation to a referendum attempt to overturn the 2017 Medical Marijuana Ordinance.
Swope said many of the 6,000 signatures originally turned in by Let Lansing Vote were in fact, invalid, lowering the signatures to less than 4,000, the 5 percent minimum of Lansing residents needed for a valid referendum.
“Let Lansing Vote is a group of people who believe that it’s important to let the citizens vote on ordinances of concern,” said Sarah Wilbur, a member of Let Lansing Vote and a medical marijuana patient who goes to many of Lansing’s dispensaries. “The ones (dispensaries) that I frequent as a patient have all been closed.”
As previously reported by The State News, 18 medical marijuana facilities, including Capital Dank in Reo-Town and Capital Wellness, have been denied the right to operate within city limits.
In addition to city closures of medical marijuana dispensaries, eight Lansing dispensaries, including Capital Dank, have received state-issued cease and desist orders for not applying by the Feb. 15 deadline for state medical marijuana licenses, according to the Lansing State Journal.
More than 200 cease and desist letters were sent to dispensaries across the state of Michigan.
Let Lansing Vote’s legal fight with the city began in March 2018 with