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Detroit officials set to unveil proposal for recreational marijuana sales in city

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Posted at 7:31 AM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 19:58:42-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — It's been nearly a year since recreational marijuana became legal in Michigan, and Detroit officials will unveil a proposed ordinance for recreational marijuana sales in the city on Monday.

Councilman James Tate and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will announce the proposed ordinance on Monday afternoon.

The Detroit City Council has repeatedly voted against allowing recreational marijuana sales in the city while they came worked to come up with a plan.

The proposed ordinance would give at least 50% of all new licenses to "legacy Detroiters," allow legacy applicants to receive first priority and discounts on application fees and land, and have 10 different licenses available.

“We have taken the necessary time to craft legislation that is not aimed at excluding anyone from their goals to succeed in this market but to ensure that we legally provide a pathway towards inclusion and opportunity for residents of our city, which has been disproportionately impacted by marijuana convictions," Tate said in a release. “Many are now profiting from the same plant that has led to countless criminal convictions which devastated countless families within our city. The time has come for equity currently not present within Detroit’s cannabis industry.”

The amendment to the city code will be referred to the full body of Detroit City Council if it is approved following discussions and public hearings.