Adult Use Marijuana application period opens April 1, Legacy Detroiters first in line for consideration

  • 395 “Legacy Detroiters” to have 1st priority in the review process, receive 50% of new licenses and 99% discount on application fees
  • Applications available at

DETROIT – Beginning April 1, anyone interested in obtaining one or more of the 10 different types of marijuana-related licenses will be able to submit an application for review as part of the city’s Adult-Use Marijuana program, approved by the Detroit City Council late last year.

More than 300 Detroiters will be among the first to be considered for licenses as part of the “Legacy Detroiter” Homegrown program. Residents who applied for and received the “Legacy Detroiter” certification will receive a six-week exclusive review period of applications for licensing.

“The Legacy Detroiter program provides an equitable opportunity for Detroiters to own a legal marijuana business in the City of Detroit,” said Mayor Duggan. “I’m happy so many people have applied and look forward to welcoming many more entrepreneurs within city borders.”

Detroit Legacy applicants will also get a minimum of 50% of all newly created adult-use marijuana business licenses for retailers, growers, processors, microbusinesses, designated consumption, and marijuana event organizers issued in Detroit. All applicants require a Step 1 pre-qualification from the State of Michigan to submit for license consideration. Applications for adult-use marijuana licenses will be reviewed over three periods:


Detroit Legacy applicants:

Application period: April 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021

Application review begins May 1, 2021


General applicants with existing medical marijuana license:

Application period: April 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021

Application review begins June 16, 2021


General applicants without existing medical marijuana license:

Application period: April 1, 2021 – ongoing

Application review begins August 1, 2021

Applications are available at


License Breakdown

There are 10 types of licenses: Medical Marihuana provisioning center, adult-use retailer establishment, grower, processor, safety compliance facility, temporary marihuana event, microbusiness, designated consumption lounge, and secure transporter.


Medical Marihuana Provisioning Center: 75

Adult-Use Retailer Establishment (50% DL): 75

Grower (Adult-use 50% DL): unlimited

Processor (Adult-use 50% DL): unlimited

Secured Transporter: unlimited

Safety Compliance Facility: unlimited

Designated Consumption Lounge (50% DL): 35

Microbusiness (50% DL): 35

Marihuana Event Organizer (50% DL): unlimited

Temporary Marihuana Event: unlimited


For more information about the adult-use marijuana ordinance or the social equity Homegrown program component, visit