Detroit City Council Approves Adult-Use Cannabis Participation

Detroit City Council Approves Adult-Use Cannabis Participation

<![CDATA[Michigan’s adult-use cannabis retail footprint is set to grow by more than 20% thanks to the state’s largest city opting in for participation. Detroit City Council members voted, 8-1, April 5 to allow adult-use cannabis sales in their jurisdiction, a decision that comes more than three years after Michigan voters approved Proposition 1 in the November 2018 election. Under the new ordinance, 100 retail licenses will be available, half of which will be reserved for social equity applicants, the Detroit Metro Times reported. That number represents a 21.7% increase from the 460 active adult-use retail licenses in the state as of Feb. 28, according to Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA). In addition, the ordinance also paves the way to licenses for consumption lounges and microbusinesses. “The goal has never been to simply have licensing within the city, but to create policy that works to address the inequities that so many Detroiters have experienced trying to pursue an opportunity in this industry,” the ordinance’s sponsor, Council President Pro Tem James Tate, said in a statement to the Metro Times.The move comes nearly 10 months after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman issued a 19-page injunction blocking a previous attempt to license cannabis retailers in Detroit.Under the previous proposed ordinance, business entrepreneurs would have been able to obtain “Detroit Legacy” status for one of the adult-use retail licenses, giving an advantage to people who’ve lived in the city for a certain number of years, according to NPR. The legacy provision would have also given preference to those with low incomes or past cannabis-related convictions.Friedman wrote that proposal was “likely unconstitutional” is his ruling.“The city ordinance governing the process for obtaining a recreational marijuana retail license gives an unfair, irrational, and likely unconstitutional advantage to long-term Detroit residents over all other applicants,” he wrote.The ordinance passed by council…

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