LANSING – The city of Lansing has finalized the 20 medical marijuana provisioning centers that will get official approval once they receive a state license, it announced Monday.

Under Lansing’s ordinance, the city was to approve 20 provisioning center applications and can approve five more later. The 20 that now have conditional approval received it after “completing an exhaustive review and appeals process.”

“Patient and neighborhood safety is the first concern,” Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said in a statement. “All of these operators will have to comply with strict state and local ordinance requirements in order to operate. The secondary benefits to the community will be quite dramatic over the coming months. All of these applicants have chosen to either rehabilitate existing buildings or build new facilities in our city, investing more than $82 million in improvements. They also made commitments to pay their workers a minimum of $15 per hour.”

The city used a 100-point scoring system based on 24 different criteria with emphasis placed on applicants that would provide the largest economic benefits in terms of jobs and investment, while also minimizing negative impacts, like odor, safety and traffic.

The city said the selected applicants have plans to hire 2,264 people. Some of the provisioning centers with conditional approval from the city already have licenses from the state. The others will still need state approval and a valid certificate of occupancy before officially receiving the city license.

Lansing recently opened the application period for the final five, as outlined in a local ordinance.

This story was published by Gongwer New Service.