Legal battles continue for dispensary licenses – City Pulse


For Tom Mayes Lansing’s medical marijuana licensing process is a live-action “nightmare.”

Mayes, 37, has owned and operated Greenwave Provisioning Center for more than two years. It occupied one of potdom’s most prominent locations in Lansing, at the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Cedar Street. The bustling shop was known for its wide selection, professional service and potent bud. Mayes said his staff did everything by the books. The parking lot was usually crowded.

But as of last month, the dispensary is no longer in business. Mayes’ 200 to 300 daily customers have been forced to look elsewhere for their medicine after city officials denied Greenwave’s license and ordered it closed.

“It’s a nightmare for us and our former employees,” Mayes said. “This whole process is just horrible in terms of the ramifications of being denied.”

But Mayes has not quit. He filed a lawsuit against Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope last month after city officials ordered Greenwave to close its doors.

The litigation marks at least the fifth in a protracted series of court battles the city has faced since it enacted a controversial regulatory scheme geared to license the creme of the marijuana crop.

As 10 dispensaries in Lansing receive the first batch of conditional licenses from the city, litigation continues over which shops will eventually have a chance to nab the remaining licenses allowed under city ordinances.

The City Council allows for 25 dispensaries within city limits. Ten licenses were issued last week. Ten more this year have yet to be doled out. Five more dispensaries are set to be licensed in another round of applications next year. And City Clerk Chris Swope said lawsuits, at this point, are “inevitable.”

Greenwave, until its abrupt closure last month, had sold medical marijuana since 2016. It came as a

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