Detroit Opens Applications for First Phase of Adult-Use Cannabis Business Licenses

Two days after a judge dismissed a pair of lawsuits challenging ’s adult-use cannabis ordinance, the city has opened applications for the first phase of the business licensing process.

City officials announced Aug. 31 that they will begin accepting applications Sept. 1 for adult-use cannabis retail, microbusiness and designated consumption establishment licenses. The application period remains open through Oct. 1.

Business hopefuls can visit www.homegrowndetroit.org to apply.

plans to issue a total of 160 licenses over three phases of applications, according to the city’s announcement.

Half of the licenses will be awarded to social equity applicants, which are defined as businesses that are at least 51% owned by residents or individuals who live in other communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.

The city will issue 60 licenses in the first phase of applications, including 40 for retail, 10 for microbusinesses—which will allow small, vertically integrated businesses to grow and process up to 150 plants and sell the end products to adult consumers—and 10 for consumption lounges.

Michigan launched adult-use cannabis sales in December 2019, and Detroit City Council approved its adult-use ordinance in April 2022, nearly 10 months after a U.S. district judge issued an injunction to block the city’s previous attempt to license adult-use cannabis businesses within its jurisdiction.

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