Where are marijuana businesses allowed? Your guide in the greater Lansing area

The list of pro-pot communities in Greater Lansing could get a little longer. Both Charlotte and Meridian Township are polling residents on whether to allow recreational marijuana businesses.

As of late 2018, it has been legal for Michiganers to consume marijuana recreationally, although local officials can choose to allow companies to grow, process, test, sell, or transport the drug in their jurisdictions.

East Lansing and Lansing are the only parishes in the tri-county area with recreational marijuana sales. Windsor Township and DeWitt Township ban stores selling the drug but allow other types of recreational marijuana stores.

Medical marijuana shops are allowed in Meridian Township, but none are open. The parish’s triennial resident survey includes questions related to recreational activities, marijuana companies and trustees could vote later this year to open the doors for Meridian to the leisure side of the industry.

Meanwhile, a group of concerned citizens has been collecting signatures for a November vote calling for voters across the township to block recreational marijuana businesses.

Charlotte is currently banning all types of marijuana deals, although the city manager is collecting information from residents as to whether the city council should vote for the approval of medical and / or recreational facilities, also known as adults. Citizens can provide feedback using the city council’s online comment form or by private message on the city’s Facebook page.

Charlotte’s Mayor Michael Armitage has “mixed feelings” about the company. He is waiting for the city council to present its results at a meeting on July 13th.

“It’s beneficial to have it available legally rather than having a black market in the city,” Armitage said.

Connected: Group collects signatures and urges voters to block recreational marijuana stores in Meridian Twp.

The following communities in the greater Lansing area allow recreational marijuana stores with restrictions:

Dewitt Charter Township

Businesses that grow, process, test, and transport recreational marijuana are allowed in DeWitt, although they are restricted to certain parts of the community.

The community bans recreational marijuana retailers, micro-businesses, and social clubs. Retailers are the stores that sell the drugs. A micro-business is a small business that can grow up to 150 marijuana plants, process, and then sell the drug on-site – think a microbrewery, but for weed. A social club is like a bar; It’s a business where people 21 and older can meet to use marijuana.

East Lansing

East Lansing enables recreational traders, growers, processors, carriers and safety compliance facilities. East Lansing’s marijuana ordinance does not limit the number of facilities allowed, although the city limits their distribution through zoning. So far, two leisure retailers, Skymint and Pleasantrees, have opened.

Social clubs, also known as designated consumption establishments, are prohibited.


Lansing enables up to 75 recreational marijuana growers, four micro-businesses, four social clubs, and 28 retailers. So far, 14 retailers are licensed for recreational sales in the city.

There is no upper limit for vans, security labs or processors.

Windsor Charter Township

Windsor Township, a rural community in Eaton County, allows limited numbers of marijuana growers, processors, safe vans, and safety-compliance facilities for adult marijuana use. Retailers, micro-businesses and social associations are prohibited.

Source: Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency

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