Lottery to determine Rx pot licensing dibs in GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (via WOOD TV 8) — It's lottery time for entrepreneurs looking to open medical marijuana-related businesses in Grand Rapids.

On Friday, city planners will use a lottery-style drawing to determine how soon those businesses get to take the final step for approval. The drawing will stream live on the city's Facebook page.

"Tomorrow will actually be the draw for the order on who gets to the planning commission first," Suzanne Schulz, managing director of Design and Development for the city, explained to 24 Hour News 8 Thursday.

When Grand Rapids officials OK'd medical marijuana facilities in July, they expected an onslaught of people wanting to cash in.

"When the city commission first talked about adopting an ordinance, within three days we had over 200 phone calls, counter questions and emails from the public saying, 'How do I get in?'" Schulz said.

So they set up a system allowing would-be medical marijuana growers, transporters and dispensers to apply.

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