Medical & Recreational Marihuana Resources & Links

The East Lansing Department of  Planning, Building and Development has begun accepting applications for medical marihuana provisioning center facilities (effective November 29, 2018) and medical marihuana growing, processing, compliance and transporting facilities (effective December 20, 2017).

All medical marihuana facilities are required to obtain a Special Use Permit from the City of East Lansing. A local business license is not required.


1. Submit application; requirements

  • Complete Land Use Development Application (PDF) (owner’s signature) & required application material
  • Pre-qualification Letter/Email from the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)
  • $5,000 Application Fee

2. Planning Commission holds a public hearing

3. Planning Commission makes a recommendation to City Council

4. City Council holds a public hearing

5. City Council makes the final decision


1. Existing medical and recreational facilities:

    • 3315 Coolidge Road
    • 1950 Merritt Road
    • 1415 Michigan Ave.
    • 1234 E. Grand River Ave.
    • 2040 Merritt Road

2. View Existing Locations of Medical and/or Recreational Marihuana (PDF) 

Districts in Which Each Facility is Allowed

  • Growing - M1 and OIP
  • Processing - M1 and OIP
  • Compliance - B1, B2, B4, B5 and OIP
  • Transporting - B1, B2, B4, B5, M1 and OIP
  • Provisioning Center Overlay Districts - see Drug Free Zones Map (PDF)

Additional Information

Each Special Use Permit for a Medical Marihuana Facility shall meet the following standards:

1. Shall comply at all times with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the rules of the Michigan department of community health and the department of licensing and regulatory affairs.

2. They must be located outside of one thousand (1,000) feet from the lot lines of “Drug-Free School Zones”.
3. They may not be operated out of a residence or residential structure.
4. The consumption of alcohol, medical marihuana or tobacco products on the premises is prohibited.
5. Any by-products or waste shall be properly and lawfully kept and disposed of so as to preclude any risk of harm to the public health, safety or welfare.
6. All transfers and deliveries must be to a processor, a provisioning center, or safety compliance facility and only by means of a secure transporter.

7. They may not concurrently act as a primary caregiver or dispensary out of or in conjunction with a processor, a safety compliance facility, a secure transporter facility, or a growing facility.

8. All marihuana and marihuana infused product shall be contained within an enclosed, locked facility, inaccessible on all sides and equipped with locks that permit access only by the licensed growers or their employees.

9. The facility shall be designed, operated, and maintained at all times consistent with responsible business practices.

10. No marihuana shall be cultivated, grown, manufactured, or processed in any manner that would emit odors reasonably discernable to another person outside the area from which the odor is generated.

11. Cultivation of marihuana in an outdoor facility shall be permitted so long as the area is enclosed, locked, and inaccessible on all sides.

12. The licensee of any facility must pay an annual, nonrefundable fee of $5,000.00 to the city.

13. The proposed size, height, architectural character and placement of any renovated structures on the site shall be reasonably compatible with the existing or anticipated buildings on adjacent properties.

Medical Marihuana Provisioning Center Facilities shall also meet the applicable standards:

1. The establishment shall not cause or continue an undue concentration of similar uses in the neighborhood such that medical marihuana provisioning center facilities and paraphernalia trade become a dominant influence or feature of the district or neighborhood. 

2. Hours of operation must be set between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

3. No marihuana or marihuana-infused products shall be visible from the exterior of the facility.

4. All marihuana and marihuana-infused products shall be contained within locked containers or locked display cases unless being displayed to a patient on the premises by a caregiver.

5. The operators of the medical marihuana provisioning center facility shall provide an annual donation in the amount of 1% of net profits from its operations or $5,000.00, whichever amount is greater, to an organization qualifying for exemption from taxation pursuant to 26 USC 501(c)(3) largely benefitting the residents of East Lansing.

6. No medical marihuana provisioning center facility shall be permitted to locate within 1,000 feet of the lot lines of another medical marihuana provisioning center in the Downtown Development Authority district. In all other permitted areas, no medical marihuana provisioning center facility shall be permitted to located within 500 feet of the lot lines of another medical marihuana provisioning center.

Applications shall be submitted to:

Tim Dempsey
City of East Lansing
Planning Department
410 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823