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Detroit City Officials are rolling out new marijuana ordinances

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When Michigan legalized recreational marijuana in 2018, Detroit initially opted-out. Now, city officials are rolling out a new ordinance with a social equity program baked in.

Jess Jackson was born and raised in Detroit. She says the emerging marijuana industry favors big corporations.

“I’m still nowhere near what I need in order to cover the startup costs to start a licensed cannabis business.”

That’s why Jackson supports legislation that slashes fees for “legacy” Detroiters. City Councilmember James Tate drafted the plan. He says under the program, at least half of the city’s incoming recreational marijuana licenses will go to long-time residents.

“We have to make sure that we nurture it properly to make sure that it grows strong, not recklessly, and is a bridge to generational wealth that has been out of reach for so many families in our city.”

The new ordinance also allows for cannabis microbusinesses, consumption lounges, and temporary events.