By Richard C. Clement
aka Weed Warrior
The major opposition to the new business is the neighborhood associations who want them gone at all costs. However city officials are supportive of the Grandfathering clause allowing existing businesses to stay in their present locations. If forced to move, the city will incur costs of paying relocation expenses and other indemnities. The best resolution is to use the business model of free market capitalism as expressed by CNBC host Larry Kudlow. Let the market decide who stays in business and who goes from the landscape. The concern for the small businesses is the inception of a large entity like a wall-mart or a Weed-mart coming in drying up business from the main street shops.
Lansing Michigan is quickly becoming a model for Michigan’s Marijuana reform movement. All the speakers had valid points. The Lansing City Council conducted a professional meeting with the citizens to set the direction for local, state, and international trade in Marijuana related products. The Capital City Airport has a US Customs station on the facility allowing for international flights to come direct from Amsterdam Netherlands. It is small like Coleman Young Airport in Detroit and is equipped to handle midsize passenger aircraft.
Lansing residents have 3 more opportunities to express their support for this Cannabis revolution. On Monday June 20th, @ 7PM the council will hold a public hearing on the ordinance that is open to the public. On June 23, 2011 @4:30pm at 316 N. Capital Avenue Lansing MI the planning board will be holding a public meeting in their conference room. Finally on Monday June 27, 2011 @ 7PM on the 10th floor of city hall, the council will take a final up or down vote on the measure.