Marijuana Money: Recreational Marijuana Licenses Available To Detroiters

Detroiters wanting to have one or more of the 10 different types of Adult Use Recreational Marijuana-related licenses can now get the ball rolling by applying to be certified as a “Legacy Detroiter,” according to a press release. This is in advance of the license application window opening on April 1, Councilman James Tate and Mayor Mike Duggan announced today.  

Legacy Detroiter applications are now available at

The Adult Use Recreational Marijuana ordinance, approved by Detroit City Council late last year, gives preference to long-time Detroit residents seeking licenses, the release added. Becoming a certified Legacy Detroit provides the following benefits in the newly created recreational marijuana industry in Detroit, including:

  • At least 50% of licenses in most of the 10 license categories must be awarded to certified Legacy Detroiters.
  • A 99% discount on licensing fees in 2021 and 75% discount on licensing fees in 2022.
  • A 75% discount on city-owned land.
  • Ability to apply for a one-year “provisional” license if the applicant does yet own a property.

Individuals also can see several properties the city will be offering at a discount to approved Legacy Detroiter applicants.  The city has created a list of 17 vacant city owned lots and commercial buildings that will be held for applicants who have received CRIO certification as Legacy Detroiters, according to the release. One of the perks of the ordinance, Legacy Detroit purchasers will receive a 75% discount on the listed sale price. All sales require City Council approval, must be paid in cash and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Nine structures

  • All nine approved for adult consumption, safety compliance
  • Four of nine also approved for grow, processor, secure transport
  • Four of nine also approved for provisioning center/retail

Eight vacant land

  • All eight approved for adult consumption, safety compliance
  • Five of eight also approved for grow, processor, secure transport
  • Two of eight also approved for provisioning center/retail

The full list of properties can be found here:

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done with input from residents, those in the cannabis industry and the administration to craft legislation that ensures equity in Detroit’s cannabis industry,” said Tate.

Mayor Duggan said that Tate has done extensive work helping to develop an ordinance that puts Detroiters at the forefront.  

“Thanks to the leadership of Councilmember Tate, we have an ordinance that gives longtime Detroiters an unprecedented opportunity to benefit from this new industry in their city,” said Mayor Duggan.  “Our work now will be to help applicants navigate the process so they can have the greatest chance for success in obtaining a license.”  

To qualify for the Detroit Legacy program, you must currently reside in Detroit, and be able to document that you:

  • Lived in Detroit for 15 of the last 30 years, or
  • Lived in Detroit for 13 of the last 30 years and are low income, or
  • Lived in Detroit for 10 of the last 30 years and have marijuana conviction or have a parent with a marijuana conviction.

Applicants will need to submit copies of documentation to certify their legacy status, such as pay stubs, tax returns, mortgage or rental lease documents, etc. Detroiters must submit a Detroit Legacy application and pay the associated fee to be certified and take advantage of the program benefits

The date all license applicants can begin applying for adult-use licenses beginning April 1, 2021 however, under the ordinance, Legacy Detroiters will be provided a 45-day window, during which only their applications will be reviewed, per the press release.  The applications to obtain one of the adult use recreational marijuana related licenses also will be found at  Below are detailed timelines for each of the application review periods by license applicant types: 

  • Detroit Legacy applicants:
    • Application review begins May 1, 2021
  • General applicants with existing medical marijuana license:
    • Application review begins June 16, 2021
  • General applicants without existing medical marijuana license:
    • Application review begins August 1, 2021

Step-by-step guides to application by applicant type can be found at or by calling 313-224-3179 (BSEED Licensing and Permits).

License Breakdown

There are 10 types of licenses: Medical Marihuana provisioning center, adult use retailer establishment, grower, processor, safety compliance facility, temporary marihuana event, microbusiness, designated consumption lounge and secure transporter.

For more information about the adult-use marijuana ordinance or the social equity program component, visit



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