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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Sales or service?

Some Stay Open. Some Stay Closed: The Road Ahead For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

by Andy Balaskovitz
Within two weeks after the state Court of Appeals said on Aug. 23 that selling medical marijuana is illegal, the Greater Lansing Medical Marijuana Business Association held a meeting at the vacant Story Oldsmobile car dealership on Lansing’s east side to try and figure out what to do next.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Proposed Legislation

What's up Republicans' sleeves this legislative season?

by Andy Balaskovitz
About midway between the eastfacing Capitol building steps and Capitol Avenue Sept. 7, a tall sign held by a medical marijuana advocate read: “WHERE ARE THE DEMS TO STOP THIS S_ _ T?” If the goal is clarifying what seemingly everyone refers to as an unclear medical marijuana law, it’s a good question.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Pay Back

Dispensary owners consider filing suit against the city for not refunding licensing fees for opening a business

by Andy Balaskovitz
A group of former medical marijuana dispensary owners, joined by a Lansing-area attorney, is saying the same thing to the city of Lansing. The business owners want refunds for the fees they paid the city ' at least $1,000 for each dispensary ' as required by an ordinance adopted on June 27.
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Wednesday, September 7,2011

Afternoon delight

Lansing City Council to meet Thursday afternoon over some light business

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Sept. 7 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon over some minor business that includes granting nonprofit status to a local organization, settling two special assessment claims and three tributes.
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Wednesday, August 24,2011

Where's the Market Place?

The city and the developer of Market Place intended for construction to have started by now. What happened?

by Andy Balaskovitz
It’s approaching four years since the city and developer Pat Gillespie announced plans to transplant the Lansing City Market to downtown just east of the Grand River, accompanied by a mostly residential complex of structures called Market Place.
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Wednesday, August 24,2011

Bridging Lansing and MSU

Will the Red Cedar Golf Course proposal be the catalyst that finally brings the Michigan State University community into the city?

by Andy Balaskovitz
It’s no secret Lansing has struggled to attract Michigan State University students into Lansing, both for leisure and employment. It’s also no secret that the city’s trying to change that.
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Wednesday, August 24,2011

Schuette: A necessary fear?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Ryan Richmond owns Relief Choices, a dispensary with three locations throughout the state (including one on Michigan Avenue in Lansing). Unlike some of his colleagues, he’s not quite as threatened by Attorney General Bill Schuette’s vigilance against the voter-approved 2008 ballot initiative.
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Friday, August 19,2011

Shaping the general election ballot

Three ballot proposals scheduled for City Council vote on Monday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 19 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote on three proposals Monday that could end up on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.
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Wednesday, August 17,2011

City clerk: Council meets too often

City clerk says the annual number of Lansing City Council meetings is ‘excessive.’ What do Council candidates think?

by Andy Balaskovitz
While five candidates support or are open to City Clerk Chris Swope’s proposal that he says would cut costs and align Lansing with nearly every other city in the state, two are against and one is undecided because they say Council hardly accomplishes its business in 50 meetings a year.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

What now?

Will anyone take interest in five vacant acres downtown that was supposed to be a large condominium development?

by Andy Balaskovitz
But walking the perimeter of the property bordered by Butler Boulevard and Ottawa, Ionia and Sycamore streets, you’ll notice the imposing red, white and blue RE/MAX “available” signs. The whole project, dubbed “Sobi Square,” has been abandoned.
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