Detroit City Council finally approves city’s recreational marijuana ordinance – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

DETROIT – After years of back-and-forth, court battles and intense debate, the Detroit City Council has finally approved the city’s recreational marijuana ordinance.

The ordinance was approved by an 8-1 vote Tuesday (April 5).

The application process for people looking to open recreational dispensaries begins soon. There will be 100 retail licenses, and they’ll be issued in phases. A lottery system will be used, but half of the licenses are reserved for social equity applicants.

Detroit native Jerome Crawford is the director of legal operations and social equity at Pleasantrees Michigan. Their closest recreational marijuana dispensary to Detroit is in Hamtramck. Crawford said he’s excited about the decision.

“I want to see us win in the industry, and I want to see, actually, our real estate in our city and our neighborhoods have a chance to reap the benefits,” Crawford said.

Kimberly Scott, co-owner of Chronic City, a medical dispensary in Detroit, and founder of the Black Cannabis Licensed Business Owners Association of Detroit, said she’s been attending city council meetings since 2015.

“Going recreational was an extremely big deal,” Scott said. “Most of us that have been in this cannabis industry. have always wanted a recreational market.”

She referred to the medical market as a dying

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