What about medical marijuana in the city of Lansing?
Marijuana shops dominate the city's landscape, particularly the south side. After more than a half decade the city passed an ordinance to regulate this growing industry to sell a substance that many say is harmless and has medicinal qualities. Others say, it's a gateway to addiction.
Depending on who you talk to the city has had between 75 to 100 dope stores where "weed" can be purchased legally with a card from the state of Michigan which has to be endorsed by a physician.
Attempts by the Lansing City Council to regulate it have been feeble at best. A new ordinance is being challenged by advocates for the stores.
Where does this all stop? Will the local political inertia continue in the direction of more and more shops? Will there ever be a realistic discussion about what this all means for the city and this region of central Michigan?
Because of a lack of leadership on this issue, Lansing is becoming harder and harder to take seriously as a well-governed city.
The above billboard shows what Lansing has turned into. It has moved from being the home of Oldsmobile to the marijuana capital.