Detroit officials plan to propose an ordinance that would allow adult-use cannabis sales in the city, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Councilman James Tate and Mayor Mike Duggan will share details of the proposal at a press conference at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26, the news outlet reported.
An announcement from the councilman and mayor’s office indicated that 10 types of cannabis business licenses will be offered under the plan, with at least half of the licenses issued to “legacy Detroiters,” who will also receive discounts on application fees and city real estate, according to the Detroit Free Press.
In addition, residents who have been disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs will also have unique opportunities to participate in the adult-use market under the proposal, the news outlet reported.
“In the past when licenses for marijuana businesses become available, they tend to go to non-residents, rather than those who live in this community,” Duggan told the Detroit Free Press. “What Councilman Tate has crafted here in partnership with our law department ensures that longtime Detroit residents will have the opportunity to build real wealth as part of this lucrative new industry.”
Detroit initially opted out of Michigan’s adult-use cannabis market, instead placing a moratorium on sales to buy the city time to draft an ordinance to regulate the industry.
Now, city officials plan to propose their ordinance as an amendment to the Detroit City Code, which will be considered at upcoming public hearings led by the city council, according to the Detroit Free Press.