Detroit is the home of many firsts. Recreational marijuana isn’t one of them
As Michigan’s multi-billion-dollar legalized recreational marijuana market enters its third year of existence, Detroit remains on the sidelines. Related: Lawsuit accuses calls Detroit marijuana ordinance unconstitutionalAlthough Tate believes the latest version of the ordinances would survive a legal challenge, he also thinks a lawsuit is likely. “It’s just the nature of the industry.”Although Detroit was among the first Michigan cities to allow medical marijuana businesses, recreational marijuana businesses remain illegal in the city. There are currently nearly 100 active medical marijuana licenses in Detroit, including 62 dispensaries, more than any other Michigan city. Lavigne said he’s not sure those existing businesses can survive that long without being able to sell recreational marijuana.mlive.com
Flashpoint recap: Congresswoman weighs in on rise of domestic extremism; Detroit City Council members discuss process of distributing marijuana business licenses
DETROIT – On Sunday’s episode of Flashpoint there was a conversation about the rise of domestic terrorism and mass violence with Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. There was also a discussion about marijuana business licenses being distributed by the City of Detroit. Detroit City Council members Janee Ayers, James Tate and Raquel Castaneda-Lopez spoke about the topic. They weighed in on marijuana licensing in the city and the priority to include legacy Detroiters. Segment OneRep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan’s 8th Congressional DistrictSegment TwoDetroit City Council members Janee Ayers, James Tate and Raquel Castaneda-LopezSegment ThreeFlashpoint host Karen Drew wraps up this week’s episode
Mayor Duggan unveils Detroit recreational weed program details, urges 'legacy' applicants to start process
click to enlarge City of Detroit, public domainDetroit Councilman James Tate, left, and Mayor Mike Duggan. We know we're going to have a lot of scrutiny, a lot of eyeballs on us,” Tate said. “This means if you're outside the city, you can't get a license unless a Detroiter already has one. We'll never go below 50%.”He added, “It's a pretty unique provision nationally, we're confident it will hold up legally. And I think at this point, even those who were skeptics have come to see that this is pretty reasonable.”metrotimes.com
Detroit City Council approves adult use marijuana ordinance
Important PointsLegislation includes robust social equity program to help build wealth amongst DetroitersAt least 50% of all new licenses to be issued to “Legacy Detroiters”All state approved adult use licenses to be made availableLegacy applicants to receive priority application review, discounts on application feesDETROIT – Today the Detroit City Council voted to unanimously approve an adult-use recreational marijuana ordinance also known as Chapter 20 of the 2019 Detroit City Code, which allows adult-use marijuana licensing in Detroit. Passage of this ordinance by the full body of the Detroit City Council allows licensing for the following state approved categories: adult-use retailer establishment, grower, processor, safety compliance facility, temporary marihuana event, microbusiness, designated consumption lounge and secure transporter. The ordinance allows current medical marijuana licensees an opportunity at obtaining adult use licenses but works steadfastly to create an avenue of participation for residents of the city where this new industry will be located. The City of Detroit Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department will begin accepting Detroit Legacy applications for certification in January 2021 and the Building, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department will follow by accepting applications for adult-use licensing starting April 1, 2021. For more information about the adult-use marijuana ordinance or the social equity program component, reach out to email@example.com or click here.
Detroit leaders outline plans for recreational marijuana shops
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. 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. Read more: Detroit officials announce proposed ordinance allowing recreational marijuana sales in the cityBut cannabis legal group principal attorney, Barton Morris, believes there is a group that deserves the same opportunity. He’s hoping the plan can be changed in the future, in the meantime, the mayor is standing behind the proposal. There will be a six-week exclusive early licensing period for Detroit Legacy applicants.
Mayor Duggan, Councilman Tate Announce Recreational Marijuana Ordinance
(CBS DETROIT)– The long awaited ordinance announced by Mayor Duggan and City Councilman James Tate today, will allow adult use recreational marijuana in the city, as well gives incentives for Detroiters who are interested in the industry. After spending the past year and a half working on an ordinance, city Councilman James Tate revealed the proposed amendment today. Detroit Legacy applicants will get a minimum of 50% of all newly created recreational marijuana business licenses issued in Detroit. Detroit Legacy applicants will be able to purchase city-owned land at 25% of fair market value. For more information about the adult-use marijuana ordinance or the social equity program component, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit detroitmi.gov/2020-marihuana-ordinance.detroit.cbslocal.com
Detroit officials announce proposed ordinance allowing recreational marijuana sales in the city
DETROIT – Councilman James Tate announced a proposed amendment to the Detroit City Code to allow adult-use recreational marijuana licensing in Detroit. The ordinance would give significant preference to Detroit residents in terms of the number of licenses issued, discounts on land and other incentives, officials said. Detroit Legacy applicants will get a minimum of 50 percent of all newly created business licenses issued in the city, officials said. No license will be issued to any recreational business if it reduces the number of licenses issued to Detroit Legacy applicants below 50 percent. There will be a six-week exclusive early licensing period for Detroit Legacy applicants.
Detroit officials expected to reveal plan to allow recreational marijuana sales
DETROIT – Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council member James Tate are expected to unveil a proposal Monday that would allow marijuana licenses in Detroit. Residents of Detroit were surprised to hear that Duggan could soon be announcing an amendment to the city’s code that could possibly allow adult-use recreational marijuana licensing in the city. But freeing up marijuana sales isn’t the only goal of the legislation -- it also includes a social equity program focused on inclusion and opportunity. Under the new plan, 10 types of licenses are expected to be available to people operating in the city. Legacy applicants to receive first priority with discounts on application fees and city landDetails are expected to be revealed during a Monday afternoon press conference.
Detroit City Council renews contract for racially biased facial recognition surveillance software
Even if the council rejected the contract extension, the city said it could still have used the technology but wouldn’t be able to perform upgrades.During the hourlong public comment period, more than 30 people spoke about facial recognition, and all but one were opposed. Since then, the city has installed more than 500 surveillance cameras at parks, schools, low-income housing complexes, immigration centers, gas stations, churches, abortion clinics, hotels, health centers, apartments, and addiction treatment centers. Now, the city is installing high-definition cameras at roughly 500 intersections at a time when other cities are scaling back because of privacy concerns.Last year, the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners approved a policy to govern the use of facial recognition technology. Under the new policy, facial recognition identification is considered only a lead and cannot be used as the sole basis for an arrest. Police are prohibited from using the technology for immigration enforcement, minor crimes, and identifying people during protests, and police analysts must verify any facial recognition matches the software produces and get it approved by a supervisor.metrotimes.com
Tributes pour in for Detroit City Council staffer killed in suspected murder-suicide
WESTLAND, Mich. – Tributes continue to pour in for a Detroit City Council staffer that was killed in what’s being investigated as a Murder-Suicide. 30-year old Deandree Watson was found dead Sunday, inside his car at the Willow Creek Apartments in Westland. A second person was found dead inside an apartment at the complex, investigators said he died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. READ: Detroit City Council staffer killed in apparent murder-suicideWatson worked as a Policy Analyst in the office of Councilman James Tate. Westland Police said the shooting isn’t random and that both men appear to have known each other.
Tributes pour in for Detroit City Council staffer killed in suspected murder-suicide
Tributes pour in for Detroit City Council staffer killed in suspected murder-suicidePublished: July 7, 2020, 5:48 pmTributes continue to pour in for a Detroit City Council staffer that was killed in what’s being investigated as a Murder-Suicide.
Detroit City Council staffer killed in apparent murder-suicide
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and others in city hall are mourning the loss of a beloved staffer. Deandree Watson was killed in Westland during an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend. Watson worked as a policy analyst in the office of Detroit City Councilman James Tate. Our dear friend and colleague will forever be missed.”“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of DeAndree Watson. I extend my deepest condolences to DeAndree’s family, friends, Councilman James Tate, Detroit City Council and his many colleagues at the City of Detroit,” Duggan wrote in a Facebook post.
Hundreds walk across bridge to Belle Isle in silence to honor George Floyd
DETROIT A large crowd marched across the MacArthur Bridge to send a powerful message. READ: Protests against racial injustice, police brutality held in Detroit for 8th straight nightThe simple message of peace. Just about 1,000 people walking across the bridge to Belle Isle in complete silence in honor of George Floyd. Even former and current Detroit Lions joined in. The only way we can make change from being on the outside is by standing together and having a march like this, to bring awareness, said Joique Bell who was a Detroit Lions from 2011-2017.
Heres Why Detroit City Council Extended The Citys Temporary Ban On Pot Sales
DETROIT, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) This week the Detroit City Council voted unanimously to extend the recreational marijuana opt-out till late March. The effort was led by City Council member James Tate. The Social Equity Program would mean, opportunities for Detroiters that may have been disproportionally impacted by marijuana, prior to its legalization. Tate and other city leaders are working within the Detroit community to spread the word about social equity. Rubdock, says, many Detroiters arent even aware of the social equity program.detroit.cbslocal.com
Detroit Saturday Night Building to soon be demolished, turned into 12 parking spots
For a long time, the owner of the luxury condominiums at the Fort Shelby Residences has been trying to demolish the Detroit Saturday Night Building at 550 W. Fort Street. Charles Raimi, chief legal counsel for the city of Detroit, who lead a feasibility study on the Saturday Night Building, reluctantly recommended demolition at the session. But preservationists feel 12 parking spots does not justify demolishing a historic structure and that revenue could be recouped with taxpaying tenants in the building. But somehow, we are convinced we need 12 more spaces where the historic Detroit Saturday Night Building stands today. The Saturday Night Building is the last structure on that block of Fort Street between 2nd Avenue and 1st Street.detroit.curbed.com
Eastern Market could become historic district, blocking potential demolitions
Less than a week after developer Sanford Nelson announced the demolition of an Eastern Market building, Crains Detroit Business reports that the citys Historic Designation Advisory Board is in the process of designating the area as an interim local historic district. Its the first step in what could lead to permanent historic district status, making it more difficult to demolish buildings. At the request of Councilmember James Tate, the advisory board proposed the resolution to Detroit City Council. In order to demolish a building in a historic district, an owner must complete a project review and structural assessment, then go before the Historic District Commission to get approval. Related Recapping all the news and closures in Eastern Market so fardetroit.curbed.com