Application process begins for Detroit adult-use marijuana licenses

New homegrown program is part of the Detroit’s CRIO

It only seems fitting the City of Detroit chose 420 as the date to begin accepting marijuana license requests. But after years of back-and-forth debate over the ordinance, the process is now officially underway.

DETROIT – It only seems fitting the city of Detroit chose 4/20 as the date to begin accepting marijuana license requests.

The online application process is currently open for licenses that are unlimited to marijuana growers, processors, transportation, safety compliance and event organizers.

While it’s only part of Detroit’s cannabis industry, Jimmie Caudill of The REEF Dispensary in Detroit said it’s an exciting start to something years in the making.

“It’s a huge stress reliever. That we’ve gotten to this point and being able to submit the application is a huge, huge opportunity,” Caudill said.

The Detroit Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion and Entrepreneurship’s (CRIO) Office of Marijuana Ventures & Entrepreneurship is accepting the applications. Megan Moslimani, director of the office, said Wednesday they were very busy answering questions and helping people.

In a release, Moslimani said, “We are so excited to announce the opening of our Adult-Use Marijuana Licensing program. We are confident and proud of the space that we have carved out for social equity applicants to take part in this billion-dollar industry.”

The Office of Marijuana Ventures & Entrepreneurship will announce when they plan to accept applications from dispensaries, lounges and others that fall under the limited licenses category at a later date.

For a look at an application and other helpful tools, click here.


Click here to learn more about the Detroit Cannabis Project


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Megan Woods is thrilled to be back home and reporting at Local 4. She joined the team in September 2021. Before returning to Michigan, Megan reported at stations across the country including Northern Michigan, Southwest Louisiana and a sister station in Southwest Virginia.

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