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Wednesday, May 18,2011

The mayor on dispensaries

How Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero envisions commercial medical marijuana activity

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who spoke out last week against a proposed ordinance that would make most of Lansing’s medical marijuana dispensaries move, has offered an ordinance of his own that would allow dispensaries to open in various commercially and industrially zoned areas of the city as long as they are at least 500 feet apart.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

The shape they're in

An audit of Lansing sidewalks to provide extensive data for city, be a catalyst for grants

by Andy Balaskovitz
James, a 32-year-old auditor for Jackson National Life, and Lavigne, a 27-yearold University of Michigan urban planning student, were walking the Genesee Neighborhood just north of downtown Lansing Saturday. A “heave with a tree” means a portion of sidewalk is distorted likely because of the roots underneath.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Hewitt out, six others get in 1st Ward race

by Kyle Melinn
Councilman Eric Hewitt, the first-term member from the 1st Ward, opted against filing for re-election, creating a wide-open, six-person race that features a former councilman, a former state representative and several aggressive newcomers. The top two will face each other in November.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Green Leaf Clinic

900 W. Holmes Road, Lansing (517) 977-0725 Hours: M-Sat, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. www.greenleafclinic.org

by City Pulse
Green Leaf Clinic is located on the north side of Holmes Road in a small strip mall near the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard intersection. The edifice is adorned with a modern-looking illuminated sign, making this dispensary easy to find. The lobby is bright, open and modestly decorated with comfortable-looking furniture.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Feedback

by Readers
Admittedly it’s only an idea at this point, but I think we’d better jump on this before it becomes any more than that.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Time is money

What are time banks and how are they faring in mid-Michigan?

by Adam Molner
Brett Dreyfus first heard about time banks about 15 years ago, but he was in no position to start one: “I just didn’t have the time,” he said. But when Dreyfus was elected as a Meridian Township trustee in 2008, things changed. Dreyfus organized three planning sessions last September that he hoped would be the genesis of a currency system that, at first mention, usually leaves people scratching their head.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Eyesore of the week

534 S. Magnolia Ave., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Property: 534 S. Magnolia Ave., Lansing Assessed value: $19,500 Owner: Richard Arrington Taxpayer: Thomas Arrington Owner says: Could not be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: It’s so good to see a possible renovation may be underway at 534 S.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

A dispensary shuffle?

What will happen to the 41 operating medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing? A draft regulation ordinance that would force most of them to move surfaces, raising questions

by Andy Balaskovitz
The draft ordinance, written by City Attorney Brig Smith with input from Lansing City Councilwoman Carol Wood, has raised the eyebrows of some dispensary owners and local attorneys because it would restrict new dispensaries to industrially zoned areas of the city and force those not in those zones to move if they want to stay open.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

What's next for Dr. Wiggins?

The Meridian Township Board of Trustees schedules an election on a controversial property rezoning, but it may not be needed. Meanwhile, state allegations of a local doctor’s overprescribing pharmaceuticals may have implications for medical marijuan

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Meridian Township Board of Trustees schedules an election on a controversial property rezoning, but it may not be needed. Meanwhile, state allegations of a local doctor’s overprescribing pharmaceuticals may have implications for medical marijuana patients.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Last-minute budget talks

Union leaders want to see the Lansing City Council levy 3.7 mills in light of the failed millage. Three Council members suggest $5.3 million in new revenue and cuts, which the Bernero administration calls a “pipe dream.”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Because of the failure last week of the special election to raise property taxes by 4 mills to generate revenue for police, fire and roads services, union officials are hoping the Council will raise taxes unilaterally to help maintain those services, said Bryan Epling, president of the Lansing Fire Fighters union.
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