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

Detroit Legacy Certification Application Is Now Open!

Note: Applications are open and being processed.

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)

Steps to obtain a marijuana license

There are a few certifications you'll need to know and be approved for to start the process.

  • State Certification (must do first, see state website for details
  • Detroit Legacy Certification (must meet specific criteria, view criteria here)
  • Marijuana Business License (will be specific to your business type, see details and options below)
  • Must be 21 to Apply

Detroit Legacy Program

Detroit Legacy Certified Applicant

The Detroit Legacy applications process will open 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.
Get Certified Here

Program Benefits

  • 75% discount on selected City-owned land*,

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  • Application to purchase properties coming soon!
  • Up to 99% discount on license fees
  • Technical & Financial assistance for Detroit-owned marijuana business start-ups

Apply for Detroit Legacy Certification

If you qualify as a legacy Detroiter you must fill out the below application to register

Please note: We are working to address technical difficulties on the application at this time

Fee: $100 (non-refundable)

Detroit’s recreational license program will be administered according to five key principles:

  • 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.

Application Process

Apply for a License

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

Applications for recreational marijuana licenses will open in three phases:

  • Detroit 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 Checklist

We've created a checklist to assist applicants seeking a marijuana license

License Applicant Checklist

Apply For a License

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

Application Fees

  • License Application Fee: $1000 ($10 for Detroit Legacy)
  • License Fee:
    Full: $5000
    Provisional: $50
    Full (Legacy): $50

Types of Available Licenses

The new ordinance authorizes licenses for seven types of recreational marihuana businesses, as well as licenses for event organizers and permits for temporary marihuana events.  Each type of license and the number available are specified in the table below.

 

License Type Number of Licenses Available
Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center 75
Adult-Use Retailer Establishment 75
Grower Unlimited
Processor Unlimited
Secured Transporter Unlimited
Safety Compliance Facility Unlimited
Designated Consumption Lounge 35
Microbusiness 35
Marijuana Event Organizer Unlimited
Temporary Marijuana Event Unlimited

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

View Availability

Resources

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