Detroit began accepting applications for Michigan’s ten different types of cannabis licenses on April 1, according to a press release by Mayor Mike Duggan.
The application round will give so-called “legacy” Detroiters first-go at the licenses, with a six-week exclusive application review period for people who have received a Legacy Detroit certification. Additionally, the 395 legacy applicants will receive a 99 percent fee discount and will be awarded a minimum of 50 percent of the total number of new licenses.
“The Legacy Detroiter program provides an equitable opportunity for Detroiters to own a legal marijuana business in the City of Detroit. I’m happy so many people have applied and look forward to welcoming many more entrepreneurs within city borders.” — Mayor Mike Duggan, in a press release
After the legacy application period ends on Mary 1, existing medical cannabis licensees will be next in line (until June 16), followed by general applicants (until August 1). The Detroit City Council passed the legacy legislation late last year in an attempt to head off social equity issues experienced by other cities.
Legacy Detroiters are also eligible to receive 25 percent off city property purchased for the purpose of operating a cannabis business and to receive technical assistance. To qualify for the program, applicants must have “lived in Detroit for 15 of the last 30 years; lived in Detroit for 13 of the last 30 years and are low-income; or lived in Detroit for 10 of the last 30 years and have a past marijuana-related conviction.”
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