Second Lawsuit Challenges Detroit’s Adult-Use Cannabis Ordinance

Second Lawsuit Challenges Detroit’s Adult-Use Cannabis Ordinance
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<![CDATA[A second lawsuit has been filed to challenge Detroit’s revised adult-use cannabis ordinance, which City Council members approved in April.Medical cannabis company JARS Cannabis filed the lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court June 3, arguing that the ordinance violates Michigan law, according to the Detroit Free Press.JARS, which operates two medical cannabis dispensaries in Detroit and other medical and adult-use dispensaries elsewhere in Michigan, is asking the court to block the city from moving ahead with its ordinance, the news outlet reported.“Detroit has created a schematic to give preferential treatment to its residents, violate MRTMA (the state’s legal and regulatory framework for legally growing and selling recreational marijuana) and eradicate existing operators,” the lawsuit alleges, according to the Detroit Free Press.Michigan launched adult-use cannabis sales in December 2019. Detroit City Council’s approval of a revised adult-use ordinance in April came nearly 10 months after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman issued a 19-page injunction to block the city’s previous attempt to license adult-use cannabis dispensaries within its jurisdiction.The original ordinance would have allowed entrepreneurs to obtain “Detroit Legacy” status when applying for adult-use licenses, providing an advantage to applicants who have lived in the city for a certain number of years. The legacy provision would have also provided licensing preference to those with low incomes and those convicted of past cannabis-related crimes.Detroit’s revised ordinance provides separate processes for residents and non-residents to receive licenses to ensure that the two types of applicants do not compete against each other in the licensing process.The ordinance makes 100 cannabis retail licenses available, and mandates that half must be issued to social equity applicants. It also creates licenses for consumption lounges and microbusinesses.Last month, a group of medical dispensaries in Detroit—House of Dank, Herbal Wellness, TJM Enterprises Services and Detroit Natural Selections Enterprises—filed a lawsuit,…

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