After years of waiting, Detroit is now accepting applications for adult-use cannabis business licenses for retailers, microbusinesses and consumption lounges.
The application window for adult-use business licenses opened Sept. 1 and closes Oct. 1.
Michigan’s most-populous city will issue 160 licenses over three phases, including 60 permits during Phase One, regulators announced in a news release.
The 60 licenses in the first phase will include:
- 40 for retailers.
- 10 for consumption lounges.
- 10 for microbusinesses. The microbusiness licenses allow vertical integration and up to 150 marijuana plants.
“Getting to this point has been an overly protracted process dating back to 2020 when the first ordinance was unanimously approved by Detroit City Council,” Council President Pro Tem James Tate told CBS News Detroit.
“Now, with the lawsuits and the failed ballot initiatives seeking to overturn our ordinance behind us, Detroiters and other equity applicants will have a fair opportunity to compete for adult-use licenses in a city that welcomes all to participate in the multimillion-dollar, adult-use cannabis industry.”
The application process initially opened April 1, 2021, but a federal judge closed the process a few days later with a restraining order after an aspiring applicant challenged the constitutionality of Detroit’s program.
A federal judge then suspended the program in June 2021.
But a judge on Tuesday dismissed those lawsuits, opening the way for licensing to resume, the Detroit Free Press reported.