Detroit Awards First Recreational Marijuana Retail Licenses

Sixty licenses were available but only 33 applicants met the qualifications

Chronic City, Gage 313 and West Coast Meds were among the 33 businesses that received a retail recreational marijuana license from the city of Detroit on Thursday, marking the end of a yearslong effort by the city to award these coveted licenses.

Sixty licenses were available in the first round but only 33 applicants met the qualifications for a recreational dispensary, the city said. Several also applied for a license to open a microbusiness or consumption lounge but none of those licenses were awarded in the first round.

“We make sure we do the right thing,” said Detroit City Council President Pro Tempore James Tate, who spearheaded the ordinance, at a press conference Thursday morning. ‘I’ve always said — and I’ve been told — if you do the right thing, everything will work out. It may not happen exactly when you want it to or not always how you want it to, but eventually, it’ll work out.”

The city cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when a federal judge denied a request in a lawsuit against Detroit’s ordinance that would have halted the city’s licensing process.

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