Tensions rise as unregulated medical marijuana dispensaries continue to grow in Lansing

By Emily Elconin
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

Co-owners Brian Hamilton and Ronnie Sartain of Puff N’ Stuff dispensary located at 229 W. Grand River Ave. in Old Town share a passion for the legalization of medical marijuana. After sustaining personal injuries from a motorcycle accident and a broken ankle, Hamilton and Sartain made a decision to stop using opiates to alleviate pain and start using cannabis as an alternative painkiller. Although medical marijuana is considered by some experts to be a viable alternative to traditional painkillers, tensions continue to rise in Lansing regarding a new ordinance that addresses regulation and zoning for medical marijuana facilities. As dispensaries surrounding the outskirts of Old Town still remain unregulated, the amount of dispensaries open raises concern for public safety in the community.

Lansing on Legalization: Is Marijuana the Next Big Thing?

By Asha Dawsey and Micah Davis
Listen Up, Lansing

Mayor Virg Bernero was spotted at Hash Bash on April 4, 2015. Hash Bash is an annual event in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a main goal to motivate the legalization of marijuana. Bernero was a speaker at the event and a support of the legalization of marijuana. Listen to Bernero’s take on marijuana legalization in the video below: