City opens applications for Legacy Detroiter status for recreational marijuana licenses, lists city owned properties available for discount sale to Detroiters 

  • “Legacy Detroiter” applications available at
  • Website also lists 17 city-owned properties available first to approved Legacy Detroiters at discounted price
  • Adult Use Recreational Marijuana license applications to be accepted starting April 1; Legacy Detroiters to have 1st priority in review process, ahead of general applicants
  • Legacy Detroiters at least 50% of new licenses, 99% discounts on application fees

Detroiters interested in obtaining one or more of the 10 different types of Adult Use Recreational Marijuana-related licenses can now take the first step by applying to be certified as a “Legacy Detroiter,” in advance of license application window opening on April 1, Councilman James Tate and Mayor Mike Duggan announced today. 

Legacy Detroiter applications are now available at

The Adult Use Recreational Marijuana ordinance, approved by Detroit City Council late last year, gives preference to long time Detroit residents seeking licenses. Becoming a certified Legacy Detroit provides the following benefits in the newly created recreational marijuana industry in Detroit, including:

  • At least 50% of licenses in most of the 10 license categories must be awarded to certified Legacy Detroiters.
  • A 99% discount on licensing fees in 2021 and 75% discount on licensing fees in 2022.
  • A 75% discount on city-owned land.
  • Ability to apply for a one-year “provisional” license if the applicant does yet own a property
List of available city-owned properties now available

Individuals also can view several properties the city will be offering at a discount to approved Legacy Detroiter applicants.  The City has compiled a list of 17 vacant city owned lots and commercial buildings that will be reserved for applicants who have received CRIO certification as Legacy Detroiters. As one of the benefits of the ordinance, Legacy Detroit purchasers will receive a 75% discount on the listed sale price. All sales require City Council approval, must be paid in cash and will be sold on a first come first served basis.

9 structures

  • All 9 approved for adult consumption, safety compliance
  • 4 of 9 also approved for grow, processor, secure transport
  • 4 of 9 also approved for provisioning center/retail

8 vacant land

  • All 8 approved for adult consumption, safety compliance
  • 5 of 8 also approved for grow, processor, secure transport
  • 2 of 8 also approved for provisioning center/retail

The full list of properties can be found here.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done with input from residents, those in the cannabis industry and the administration to craft legislation that ensures equity in Detroit’s cannabis industry,” said Councilman Tate.

Mayor Duggan credited Councilmember Tate for his extensive work helping to craft an ordinance that puts Detroiters first.  “Thanks to the leadership of Councilmember Tate, we have an ordinance that gives longtime Detroiters an unprecedented opportunity to benefit from this new industry in their city,” said Mayor Duggan.  “Our work now will be to help applicants navigate the process so they can have the greatest chance for success in obtaining a license.”  

How to apply to become a Legacy Detroiter

To qualify for the Detroit Legacy program, you must currently reside in Detroit, and be able to document that you:

  • Lived in Detroit for 15 of the last 30 years, or
  • Lived in Detroit for 13 of the last 30 years and are low income, or
  • Lived in Detroit for 10 of the last 30 years and have marijuana conviction or have a parent with a marijuana conviction.

Applicants will need to submit copies of documentation to certify their legacy status, such as pay stubs, tax returns, mortgage or rental lease documents, etc. Detroiters must submit a Detroit Legacy application and pay the associated fee to be certified and take advantage of the program benefits.

License Application Dates

The date all license applicants can begin applying for adult-use licenses beginning April 1, 2021 however, under the ordinance, Legacy Detroiters will be provided a 45-day window, during which only their applications will be reviewed.  The applications to obtain one of the adult use recreational marijuana related licenses also will be found at Below are detailed timelines for each of the application review periods by license applicant types:

Detroit Legacy applicants:

  • Application review begins May 1, 2021

General applicants with existing medical marijuana license:

  • Application review begins June 16, 2021

General applicants without existing medical marijuana license:

  • Application review begins August 1, 2021

Step-by-step guides to application by applicant type can be found at or by calling 313-224-3179 (BSEED Licensing and Permits).


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.

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

Marijuana License Breakdown chart