11 Michigan Cities to Award Cannabis Licenses

By: Canna Advisors
July 25, 2022

Cannabis Applications: Detroit to Lakeshore Communities & Rural Areas

At least 11 municipalities across the state of Michigan will soon open license application windows for adul-use cannabis licenses.

The application process, number of licenses, and timelines will vary by municipality.

Read below to learn the specifics that we know now.


First Detroit Application Window: August 1 - 31

The City of Detroit will issue new adult-use retail, microbusiness, and consumption lounge licenses in a series of application rounds. The process does allow for some social equity provisions.

Applications will be processed in four 30-day phases, starting in August 2022.

Applicants should first apply through the state-level Marijunana Regulatory Agency, then apply to the City of Detroit.

Phase 1 License Applications

The application window for Phase 1 opens on August 1, 2022 and closes on August 31, 2022.

There will be 40 retail licenses available in the first round and 30 per round for the next two rounds.

Half the retail licenses in this phase are allocated are for social equity applicants.

The City of Detroit is also offering limited numbers of microbusiness and consumption licenses during each period. The other licenses – grower and processor – are not limited. 


Additional Michigan Markets with Expected Applicatios

These other Michigan municipalities are expected to release applications "soon" or "in the fall". Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Currently Expected to Release Applications for New Cannabis Licenses:

  • Grand Haven
  • Greenville
  • New Buffalo
  • Oxford
  • Pittsfield
  • Portage
  • Taylor
  • Three Oaks
  • Traverse City - Expected in August 2022 for 24 licenses
  • Watervliet

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