Recreational marijuana dispensary to open on Grand River Avenue in April, close to campus – The State News


A new medical and recreational marijuana dispensary, Pincanna, is set to open on Grand River Avenue in April.

This will be the only dispensary to open within walking distance of campus, said Rob Nusbaum a founding partner for Pincanna. 

“It was really a coveted location,” Nusbaum said.

This is because of East Lansing’s zoning rules, David Haywood, planning and zoning administrator for the city, said. He said that dispensaries are determined using overlay districts, which block off geographical regions, and within that region, only a certain number of dispensaries are allowed. 

Pincanna is in the Downtown Development Authority District, which rules that dispensaries have to be at least 1000 feet apart from each other. Haywood said that is by design, so the market is not oversaturated. 

“I think there were a lot of concerns early-on, what might happen with a use like this so they wanted to take it slow and only allow so many,” Haywood said.

This made Pincanna’s location a sought-after spot, Nusbaum said. So, it was fortunate that the application process and City Council decision was merit based.

“We usually don’t lose merit-based decisions,” he said. “Our group is very compliant and very well funded.”

Pincanna is a Michigan-based dispensary, with its growing and processing facilities in Pinconning. They have won 50 Cannabis Cups, an award given out by High Times magazine.

It is a city requirement that dispensaries must donate either $5,000 or 1% of their net profits for each license they have — recreational and medical. Nusbaum said Pincanna has pledged to give $100,000 annually to local charities. 

While recreational marijuana use is allowed within the city, for those living on-campus, university rules and federal law still apply. Kat Cooper, chief communications officer for MSU’s Residential and Hospitality Services, said that marijuana use

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