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Detroit takes applications for recreational marijuana shops from residents

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Detroit – The city opened a six-week application window Tuesday to senior residents interested in running marijuana recreational businesses in Detroit.

The companies are allowed to be unanimously approved by the Detroit City Council in November after a long-awaited ordinance – with controversial provisions giving Detroiters priority – after a two-year debate.

The ordinance was spearheaded by Detroit City Councilor James Tate to ensure Detroiters have a fair opportunity to participate in the industry that Michigan has an estimated $ 3 billion in annual sales.

The ordinance gives special preference to residents with a certification that the city calls Detroit Legacy.

Applicants may qualify for Legacy certification if they have lived in Detroit for 15 of the past 30 years. lived in Detroit for 13 of the last 30 years and on low income; or lived in Detroit for 10 of the past 30 years with a previous criminal conviction related to marijuana.

The city’s Civil Rights, Inclusion, and Opportunities Bureau certifies senior Detroiters, oversees the licensing process, and reviews neighborhood plans for social benefits, said Charity Dean, the office’s director.

“We’re building a social justice program with outside partners that will provide financial and technical support to entrepreneurs interested in this industry,” she told The Detroit News.

Dean said the city needs to hire more people to review applications, property details and fact-checking data.

The process was quick and quick to put in place policies and procedures, but Dean added, “We’ll be ready.”

The ordinance allows older Detroit townhouses to buy at 25% market value, and all application fees are reduced to 1% of the total cost.

After the exclusive six-week licensing period for Legacy Residents, individuals who already operate medical marijuana facilities in Detroit will have their own reserved six-week application process before other applications are considered.

The city will license up to 75 adult retailers, the same number it allows for medical marijuana supply centers.

City officials have said that only a handful of the city’s 46 medical marijuana dispensaries licensed under an ordinance approved by the Detroit Council in 2018 are resident owned.

Opponents of the new law have argued that the “social justice” component, which gives residents priority over licenses and other perks, is unfair.

Tate’s office convened working group meetings with industry experts and grassroots representatives to develop the social justice component of the law and identify the challenges black entrepreneurs face.

Licensing encompasses 10 federally recognized categories including medical marijuana supply centers, adult retail stores, growers, processors, security compliance facilities, temporary events, micro-businesses, designated consumption lounges, and safe transportation companies.

Designated consumer lounges and micro-businesses will be limited to a maximum of 35 across the city.

The city also plans to work with philanthropic groups and private lenders to develop funding sources and expertise to assist marijuana start-ups in Detroit.

Voters in Detroit and across the state approved an election proposal to legalize adult marijuana in November 2018.

Detroiters can apply online at detroitmeansbusiness.org/homegrown.

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