DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan along with city councilman James Tate introduced a new ordinance at a press conference Monday afternoon that outlines plans for recreational marijuana shops.
The plan includes a social equity program focused on inclusion and opportunity.
“It ensures that the residents of Detroit which has been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs has a fair chance and opportunity that the cannabis industry has to offer,” said Tate.
Now those negatively impacted by illegal marijuana sales in the past will have the same chance to make a profit off the industry the legal way. This goes especially for minority applicants.
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But cannabis legal group principal attorney, Barton Morris, believes there is a group that deserves the same opportunity.
“There have been 75 dispensaries, medical dispensaries in the City of Detroit that also have been waiting and hoping that they would be given the first opportunity for a recreational retail license,” said Morris.
He’s hoping the plan can be changed in the future, in the meantime, the mayor is standing behind the proposal.