Detroit Grants 37 New Marijuana Business Licenses, Including First Consumption Lounge
• The Detroit Office of Marijuana Ventures and Entrepreneurship has granted 37 marijuana business licenses, including the city’s first-ever consumption lounge.
• Majority of the 65 applications were approved for retail stores.
• 13 businesses are majority-owned by African Americans, five are majority-owned by women, and 21 have majority ownership by Detroit residents.
• This is the second round of licenses since 33 businesses were awarded recreational marijuana licenses in Detroit in 2020.
• Currently, 31 retailers are operating in Detroit with 10% state excise taxes, revenue to be distributed to the city next year.
• Provisional certificates were also granted to four applicants for consumption lounges and two for microbusinesses.
• Final approvals from Michigan are still needed before these businesses can open.
Detroit’s Office of Marijuana Ventures and Entrepreneurship announced on Tuesday that 37 applicants have been awarded licenses to operate marijuana establishments in the city. The licenses include retail stores, microbusinesses, and the city’s first-ever consumption lounge.
Out of the 65 applications received, the majority were approved for recreational marijuana dispensaries. One applicant was granted a license for a consumption lounge, which will be the first of its kind in Detroit.
Kim James, director of the Office of Marijuana Ventures and Entrepreneurship, praised the recipients for their potential and commitment to operating successful businesses while promoting diversity and equity goals.
Regarding ownership, 13 of the licensed businesses are majority-owned by African Americans, five are majority-owned by women, and 21 have majority ownership by Detroit residents.
This second round of licenses comes nearly a year after the initial 33 businesses were awarded recreational marijuana licenses in Detroit. The city faced legal challenges as it worked to establish an equitable licensing process, reserving half of the limited licenses for equity applicants.
Recreational marijuana became available for purchase in Detroit earlier this year, and there are now 31 retailers operating in the city. These businesses are subject to a 10% state excise tax, with the revenue to be distributed to Detroit starting next year.
Additionally, the latest round of licenses granted provisional certificates to four applicants for consumption lounges and two others for microbusinesses. These applicants have 18 months to secure a property with assistance from the city.
Overall, Detroit continues its efforts to expand its marijuana industry and promote diversity and inclusion within the sector.
The businesses awarded licenses still need to get final approvals from the state of Michigan before opening.
Below is the full list of the businesses that were awarded a license:
Equity Designated Consumption Lounge
Legacy Greens LLC, 19347 Mt. Elliott St.
Green Genie 3 Inc., 20046 W. Warren Ave.
Dank Garden LLC, 7741 Lyndon St.
Midtown Weed Works LLC, 216 E. Milwaukee St.
Green Genie Inc., 24600 W. McNichols Road
Brightmoore Gardens LLC, 12641 Stout St.
East to West Management LLC, 5808 E. McNichols Road
13042 Van Dyke LLC, 13042 Van Dyke Ave.
Caldwell 5540 LLC, 5540 E. Eight Mile Road
LHSZTY LLC, 7304 Michigan Ave.
Utopia Gardens LLC, 6541 E. Lafayette St.
Legacy Greens, LLC, 19347 Mt. Elliott St.
Treelated Health Center LLC, 10101 Fenkell Ave.
Golden Herbal Leaf Inc., 1601 E. Grand Blvd.
Emerald Garden Mineral Health Inc., 140 Clark St.
CJ Ball LLC, 7529 Joy Road
420 Factory LLC, 7555 Greenfield Road
Evergreen Wellness LLC, 19705 W. Seven Mile Road
The Great Vine LLC, 17498 Mt. Elliott St.
Buckmack LLC, 15831 Mack Ave.
No Limit Investments LLC, 2619 S. Schaefer Hwy.
BBJF LLC, 6191 W. Warren Ave.
7940 Michigan Avenue LLC, 7940 Michigan Ave.
TCD Detroit LLC, 13815 W. Eight Mile Road
Jazz Club 2 LLC, 16890 Telegraph Road
Lando Land LLC, 6650 E. Eight Mile Road
West Michigan Collective LLC, 11999 Gratiot Ave.
Pure Property Holdings LLC, 13510 E. Eight Mile Road
20100 Sherwood LLC, 20100 Sherwood St.
Backpack Boyz LLC, 6240 E. Eight Mile Road
378 Fordson LLC, 8287 Southfield Road
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