Homegrown Detroit

Detroit City Council passed the Medical Marijuana Facilities and Adult-Use Marijuana Establishments ordinance authorizing the Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department (BSEED) to issue business licenses for adult-use marijuana establishments

The adult use license application process is on hold, by temporary order of the Court. The City’s CRIO office will reach out to certified Legacy Detroiters to offer general advice and support while the litigation is pending.

Homegrown Detroit

Program Overview

The emerging marijuana market is a powerful opportunity for business owners and Detroiters. Our new ordinance takes a Detroit-first approach by allotting 50% of all newly created recreational business licenses to Detroit Legacy Applicants.

This includes retailers, growers, processors, micro-businesses, designated consumption, and marijuana event organizers.

For those who do not qualify for Detroit Legacy Certification, the process is also simple. (See below for details)

Types of Licenses

Learn more about the license types

Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center

A business licensed under the MMFLA that is commercial entity located in this state that purchases marijuana from a grower or processor and sells, supplies, or provides marijuana to qualifying patients, directly or through the registered primary caregivers or patients. Provisioning center includes any commercial property where marijuana is sold at retail to qualifying patients or primary caregivers. A noncommercial location used by a primary caregiver to assist a qualifying patient connected to the caregiver through the state’s marijuana registration process in accordance with the MMMA, is not a provisioning center for the purposes of this article.

Adult-Use Retailer Establishment

A business licensed under the MRTMA and this article that many obtain marijuana from adult-use marijuana and sell to individuals who are 21 years of age or older and to other adult-use marijuana establishments.

Designated Consumption Facility

A business that is licensed under the MRTMA and this article to permit adults 21 years of age and older to consume marijuana products at a commercial location designated by the state operating license.

Microbusiness

A business licensed under the MRTMA and this article that cultivates up to 150 marijuana plants or more as allowed by the State of Michigan, processes, and packages marijuana, and sells or otherwise transfers marijuana to individuals who are 21 years of age or older to a safety compliance facility, but not to other adult-use marijuana establishments or medical marijuana facilities.

Grower

A business licensed under the MMFLA or MRTMA and his article, located in this state, which cultivates, dries, trims, or cures and packages marijuana for sale or transfer to a medical marijuana facility or an adult-use marijuana establishment, and is licensed as class A, B, or C adult-use grower, or Class A, B, or C medical grower.

Processor

A business licensed under the MRTMA or the MMFLA and this article, located in this state, that, that obtains marijuana from a medical marijuana facility or an adult-use marijuana establishment and that processes marijuana for sale and transfer in a packaged form to a medical marijuana facility or an adult-use marijuana establishment.

Safety Compliance Facility

A business licensed under the MRTMA or the MMFLA and this article that tests marijuana for contaminants and potency or as required by the MRTMA or the MMFLA for a primary caregiver, medical marijuana facility, or adult-use marijuana establishment.

Secure Transporter

A business licensed under the MRTMA or the MMFLA and this article, that stores marijuana and transports marijuana between medical marijuana facilities or adult-use marijuana establishments for a fee.

Getting Started

Steps to Obtain a License

Review below the steps to get started in operating an adult-use or medical marijuana facility.

Before you apply for a license you must complete steps 1, 2 & 3

These first 3 steps can be started in any order and completed at the same time

Step 1: Get approved by the State of Michigan

  • Get prequalified by the State of Michigan by filling out the below application
  • Apply for the Social Equity program if from disproportionate community

Step 2: Detroit Legacy Certification

  • The Detroit Legacy applications process opened on January 19, 2021. The City of Detroit's Civil Rights, Inclusion, and Opportunity (CRIO) Department will certify that applicants currently reside in Detroit and must provide documentation that they have
  • Lived in Detroit for 15 of the last 30 years, or
  • 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 marijuana conviction or have a parent with a marijuana conviction.

Step 3: Tax Clearance

  • All individual members/stakeholders/officers of the entity and the entity itself should submit an individual clearance application in addition to the business clearance for the corporation/LLC (if applicable)
  • Please indicate that you are applying for a marijuana license in your application
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Once you have completed the above steps, you will be ready to move to the steps below

Application Process

Apply for a License

After completing your State Prequalification and Detroit Legacy application, prepare to apply for a city license.

Applications for adult-use marijuana licenses will open in three phases:

  • Legacy Applicants: Application period: April 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021. Application review begins May 1, 2021
  • General applicants with existing medical marijuana license: Application period: April 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021. Application review begins June 16, 2021
  • General applicants without existing medical marijuana license: Application period: April 1, 2021 – ongoing. Application review begins August 1, 2021
  • License Application Fee: $1000 ($10 for Detroit Legacy)
  • License Fee: Full: $5000, Provisional: $50, Full (Legacy): $50

Step 5: Apply For a License

Once you have reviewed the process guides, application checklist and gathered the required documentation you can apply for a new license beginning April 1st

The adult use license application process is on hold, by temporary order of the Court. The City’s CRIO office will reach out to certified Legacy Detroiters to offer general advice and support while the litigation is pending.

Zoning & Building Permit Process

Steps to confirm your zoning and receive the required approvals for a building permit

Zoning Map: Adult Use Marijuana Dispensary or Safety Compliance Facility

View available areas to build or start an Adult Use Marijuana Dispensary or Safety Compliance Facility in the City of Detroit

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Zoning Map: Adult Use Marijuana Grower, Secure Transport, or Processing Facility

View available areas to build or start an Adult Use Grower, Secure Transport, or Processing Facility in the City of Detroit

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Resources

We will continue to update the site with resources and information as it becomes available

Additional Program Details

Detroit Legacy applicants will get a minimum of 50% of all newly created recreational marijuana business licenses issued in Detroit.
No license will be issued to any recreational business if it reduces the number of licenses issued to Detroit Legacy applicants below 50%.
There will be a six-week exclusive early licensing period for Detroit Legacy applicants.
Detroit Legacy applicants will be able to purchase city-owned land at 25% of fair market value.
The City will work with philanthropy and private lenders to develop sources of funding and expertise to back Detroit-owned marijuana business start-ups.

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