Future Detroit pot growers have one more day to apply for ‘legacy’ status

Legacy Detroiters have one more day to benefit from an early application process that puts them on the path to getting a marijuana license in the city before the offering opens to people who live elsewhere.

Detroit residents had six weeks to submit their Legacy Detroit Proof of Entitlement Applications. Anyone who receives a permit will get priority access to 10 different adult marijuana licenses.

So far, several hundred more residents than expected have already applied for a license. Residents who qualify open up a variety of benefits to opening a cannabis dispensary in the city, such as: B. Inexpensive land and discounts on licenses.

The application process will be completed after Friday. In April, those with Proof of Eligibility have a 45-day window starting April 1 to obtain a cannabis license.

Detroit pumps break on pot

If there’s one thing Michigan residents didn’t shy away from during the pandemic, it was weeds. Residents spent more than $ 340 million on pot last year. About $ 45 million of that money was sent to cities, schools, and road improvements.

And that was only the first year. Detroit is one of the cities that has not yet made its decision to sell recreational cannabis.

However, if it does, the city ordinance passed last year mandates that at least half of all licensed businesses from the 10 different types of license categories must be awarded to long-time Detroit residents.

The city council put the brakes on when it opened the city to the sale of weed to allow residents to build equity in the pot industry first.

More uses that were expected

Almost 600 residents have filed applications so far, the Detroit media reported earlier this week. Data as of March 4 indicates that at least 180 senior Detroit certifications have been issued. In order for a resident to be eligible for the program, they must be assigned to one of three categories:

  • Lived in Detroit or for 15 of the last 30 years
  • Lived in Detroit for 13 of the last 30 years and on a low income, or
  • Lived in Detroit for 10 of the last 30 years and has a marijuana conviction or parent with a marijuana conviction

Those who earn certification get access to 50% off licenses, 99% off license fees this year, and 75% off license fees next year, and 75% off urban land.

Residents who earn Legacy Detroit status can apply for one-year “temporary” status if they do not already own a property.

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If residents aren’t sure where to open a business, the city has thought of that too. Dozens of vacant and commercial properties owned by the city have been selected and potential locations for a pharmacy to be built.

Here you can see all the options or learn more about what is available.

How to get an adult license

The next important date that Legacy Detroiters should watch out for is April 1st. Then all licensed applicants can apply for adult marijuana licenses. The review process will run in a 45 day window starting May 1st.

For non-legacy Detroit residents, the screening process for general applicants with an existing medical marijuana license begins June 16. For general applicants without an existing medical marijuana license, the application will be reviewed from August 1st.

There are also 10 types of licenses applicants can sign up for. They include:

  • Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center
  • Adult retail store (50% DL)
  • Breeder (50% DL for adults)
  • Processor (50% DL for adults)
  • Secured transporter
  • Security Compliance Facility
  • Designated Consumption Lounge (50% DL)
  • Micro business (50% DL)
  • Marijuana Event Organizer (50% DL)
  • Temporary marijuana event

Find out more here.

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