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Detroit Officials Propose Law Allowing Adult-Use Marijuana Sales

At least half of all new licenses would be issued to “legacy Detroiters.”

In an effort to help Detroiters benefit from marijuana legalization, Councilman James Tate — with the support of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan — is proposing an ordinance that would allow adult-use marijuana sales in the city.

Tate, a former Detroit Police deputy chief, and Duggan are expected to hold a 1 p.m. live-streamed news conference Monday to explain the plan. His office declined to discuss details Monday morning and release a draft of the plan in advance of the media event.

Michigan legalized medical marijuana in 2008, and a decade later, in 2018, voters approved recreational cannabis in the state. However, many communities, including Detroit, opted out of allowing recreational sales.

Under Tate’s proposal, sales would be allowed and at least half of all new licenses would be issued to what he is calling “legacy Detroiters.” His staff said how that would be defined would be explained at the news conference.

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