|By now you’ve probably heard about Councilman Tate's proposed marijuana ordinance. Whether you support marijuana-use or not - it is here. We need to ensure that Detroiters aren’t left behind in this industry and that we use this opportunity to create generational wealth and invest in the communities that we all call home.
Join Councilman Tate and Kimberly James from the City of Detroit’s Law Department on either NEXT Thursday (11/5) or Thursday Nov. 12th for a listening session where we will walk you through the proposed adult-use recreational marijuana ordinance that is designed to create equity for Detroiters in the cannabis industry. There will also be an opportunity for you to get answers to your questions live.
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COUNCILMAN TATE, MAYOR DUGGAN ANNOUNCE PROPOSED ORDINANCE ALLOWING ADULT-USE MARIJUANA SALES IN DETROIT
Councilman James Tate was joined today by Mayor Mike Duggan and members of the community as Tate announced his proposed amendment to the Detroit City Code to allow adult-use recreational marijuana licensing in Detroit.
The ordinance, which gives significant preference to long time Detroit residents in terms of the number of licenses issued, discounts on land and other incentives, will allow 10 types of licenses: Medical Marihuana provisioning center, adult use retailer establishment, grower, processor, safety compliance facility, temporary marihuana event, microbusiness, designated consumption lounge and secure transporter.
Councilman Tate’s landmark legislation includes a social equity program (SEP) which guarantees that no less than 50% of all license types will be awarded to Detroit Legacy applicants.
“We have taken the necessary time to craft legislation that is not aimed at excluding anyone from their goals to succeed in this market but to ensure that we legally providing a pathway towards inclusion and opportunity for residents of our city, which has been disproportionately impacted by marijuana convictions,” said Councilman Tate. “Many are now profiting from the same plant that has lead to countless criminal convictions which devastated countless families within our city. The time has come for equity currently not present within Detroit’s cannabis industry.”
This comprehensive program ensures that Detroiters who have been disproportionally impacted by the nation’s failed “War on Drugs” will have an equitable opportunity to sustainably participate in the state’s legal adult-use marijuana industry, which according to experts is predicted to mature into $3 Billion in annual sales.
“In the past when licenses for marijuana businesses become available, they tend to go to non-residents, rather than those who live in this community,” said Mayor Duggan. “What councilman Tate has crafted here in partnership with our law department ensures that longtime Detroit residents will have the opportunity to build real wealth as part of this lucrative new industry.”
To ensure that Detroiters remain in the forefront of this historic legislation, Councilman Tate enlisted assistance of industry professionals as well as grass-root advocates to help craft the SEP section of the ordinance. The SEP allows the City of Detroit to provide significant reductions in application fees for “Legacy” Detroiters who have lived in the city for an extended period of time including those residents who have been convicted of past marijuana related offenses as well as Detroiters federally identified as low income. There are also discounts on certain city-owned properties that will be available for residents certified as Legacy Detroiters.
Legacy Detroiter Preferences
The new ordinance creates a certification for Detroit residents called “Detroit Legacy.” To qualify for the Detroit Legacy program, you must currently reside in Detroit, and be able to document that you:
Detroit legacy applicants who do not yet have a property to operate their business will be allowed to apply for a “provisional” license and will have one year to find a site. Per the draft ordinance, the City will not issue a license if it will result in Detroit Legacy licensees being under 50% in each category.
Detroit’s recreational license program will be administered according to five key principles:
Next steps and application process
The item will be referred to the full body of the Detroit City Council this week. If approved following a series of discussions and public hearings, passage would allow licensing for the state approved categories. If approved by the end of this year, the application process would begin in January 2021.
Once the law goes into effect, the Department of Civil Right, Inclusion and Opportunity will begin certification of Detroit Legacy applicants. There will be a 6-week reserved application review period for Detroit Legacy applicants. After that there will be a 6-week reserved application review period for current Detroit medical marihuana facilities. Only after this 6-week period will other applications be considered and reviewed.
For more information about the adult-use marijuana ordinance, social equity program component, or license breakdown, reach out to councilmembertate@
MARIJUANA ORDINANCE FACT SHEET
Detroit Medical Marijuana Facilities and Adult-Use Marijuana Establishments Proposed Ordinance Fact Sheet