Detroit Officials May Stall Adult-Use Pot Businesses Amidst Increase in Violence

A city council member has proposed that Detroit extend its decision to temporarily opt-out of Michigan’s newly legal recreational cannabis market while a plan to ensure local participation in the industry is created. The proposed ordinance, introduced by Councilman James Tate at a meeting of the council on Monday, would extend the city’s moratorium on commercial cannabis activity until March 31.

After Michigan voted to legalize the use of recreational cannabis in November 2018, local governments were given the opportunity to prohibit marijuana businesses from operating in their jurisdictions. Subsequently, the Detroit City Council passed a measure to opt-out of the legal cannabis industry until January 31, 2020. Tate’s proposed ordinance would extend that decision another two months.

Tate’s office said in a press release that the extension will allow his staff and local cannabis industry stakeholders more time to develop a social equity program that offers city residents an opportunity to participate in the newly legal marijuana market.

“It’s clear that Detroit’s medical marijuana industry is overwhelmingly owned and operated by individuals who don’t live in the city and take their dollars back to their communities,” said Tate. “It’s critical that we take the necessary time now to ensure

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