Recreational cannabis industry rolls out in Detroit

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Detroit has finally given the green light for its first recreational cannabis grower to start operating.

Why it matters: The city has allowed medical cannabis for years but has been slow to adopt full adult use, meaning lucrative rec businesses have flourished in the suburbs and left Detroit behind.

  • This approval is a first step, although consumers will likely wait months before being able to go directly to a recreational retailer here.

Between the lines: West Coast brand Doghouse has been operating a medical grow on the east side for about a year and a half, says Nir Saar, a former principal at Mumford Academy and the School at Marygrove who now co-owns and is chief operations officer for Doghouse’s Detroit business.

  • He expects to start selling recreational flowers within a month.

Cannabis flower.A cannabis plant at Doghouse’s Detroit grow operation. Photo courtesy of Doghouse

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