Lansing unveils first draft of medical marijuana ordinance


Some Lansing residents responded skeptically Tuesday to a proposed medical marijuana ordinance for the city.

AUDIO: Participants at a meeting of the public safety committee included a number of medical marijuana patients and caregivers. They expressed concerns ranging from accessability to the drug to who would be allowed to grow marijuana.

Robin Schneider is a member of the Capital City Compassion Club. She doesn't like language in the ordinance affecting marijuana dispensaries:

"The owner and all of its members--it says you'd have to run background checks on all of them and have their addresses," she says. "That's a huge violation of patient rights and a lot of the members in these scenarios are gonna be the patients."

Lansing city attorney Brig Smith says the city's ordinance should clarify grey areas of state's medical marijuana law. The committee will take up the proposal again in two weeks.