City Opens Its First Dispensary

Photo: Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison, Dr. Louis Radden, Camille Hicks, City Council President Pro-Tem James Tate and District 2 Detroit Police Commissioner Linda Bernard cutting the ribbon at Nuggets Dispensary. 

Council President Pro-Tem James Tate, Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison, and other city officials celebrated the the grand opening of Black-owned Nuggets Cannabis Co. Detroit Dispensary on March 18. The dispensary is a family-owned business, run by longtime Detroiters, Dr. Louis Radden and his aunt, Camille Hicks. Nuggets is the first Detroit Legacy licensee to newly open a recreational marijuana dispensary as part of the city’s social equity program.  

“This doesn’t happen everywhere. We fought to ensure legacy Detroiters have an opportunity to grow businesses in the cannabis industry, which has had a disproportionately negative impact on communities of color,” Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison said. “Social equity means taking action to combat the years of criminalization faced by too many of our residents. Here in Detroit, we are addressing generational loss and building generational wealth back into the hands of the community.”

“I entered into the business initially as a medical provider, but we are honored to be given the opportunity to open one of the first recreational facilities in the City of Detroit,” said Dr. Radden. He added that the Telegraph store are “100 percent Detroit residents.”


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