Detroit City Council OKs Adult Use Marijuana Ordinance

On Nov. 25, the Detroit City Council unanimously voted to approve an adult-use recreational marijuana ordinance, which grants adult-use marijuana licensing in Detroit, according to

Passing this ordinance grants licensing for these state-approved categories, according to the city: 

  • Adult-use retailer establishment
  • Grower
  • Processor
  • Safety compliance facility
  • Temporary marihuana event
  • Microbusiness
  • Designated consumption lounge 
  • Secure transporter

Councilman James Tate was joined in late October with Mayor Mike Duggan and members of the community as Tate announced his proposed amendment to the Detroit City Code to allow adult-use recreational marijuana licensing in Detroit.

The ordinance, according to the city website, will give “significant preference to long time Detroit residents in terms of the number of licenses issued, discounts on land and other incentives.”

The ordinance allows current medical marijuana licensees a chance to use adult-use licenses and also grants the opportunity to develop residential participation for Detroit residents, the published report added.

The ordinance also states that at least $1 million dollars generated yearly from licensing sales can go toward various adult-use social equity initiatives, the release added, and a portion of adult-use sales taxes will also fund substance use prevention programming for youth, according to the published report.

The legislation also features community outreach provisions and a neighbor program that fosters industry participants to hire returning citizens and offer a good wage, according to the report.

Councilman Tate’s landmark legislation includes a social equity program (SEP) which guarantees that no less than 50% of all license types will be awarded to Detroit Legacy applicants, according to the city website.

“We have taken the necessary time to craft legislation that is not aimed at excluding anyone from their goals to succeed in this market but to ensure that we legally providing a pathway towards inclusion and opportunity for residents of our city, which has been disproportionately impacted by marijuana convictions,” said Tate on the city website. “Many are now profiting from the same plant that has lead to countless criminal convictions which devastated countless families within our city. The time has come for equity currently not present within Detroit’s cannabis industry.”

City of Detroit marijuana ordinance fact sheet:

  • At least 50% of all new licenses would be issued to “legacy Detroiters”
  • Legacy applicants to receive first priority, discounts on city land
  • 10 types of licenses to be available
  • The proposed Ordinance would allow for up to 75 new retail licenses, among others

For more information about the adult-use marijuana ordinance or the social equity program component, reach out to or click here.



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