• The City has enacted Ordinances requiring proposed Medical Marihuana Caregiver Centers (MMCC’s) to apply for zoning approval and a business license. The Ordinances amend Chapters 24 and 61 of the 1984 Detroit City Code.
  • A licensed MMCC will be permitted to distribute and cultivate medical marihuana in a commercial building in accordance with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MCL 333.26421)
  • MMCC's are allowed conditionally in M1, M2, M3, M4, B2, and B4 zoning districts. Conditional uses require a public hearing and must meet the approval criteria in Section 61-3-231 of the Detroit Zoning Ordinance.
  • MMCC's are subject to the following spacing requirements:

     -1,000 radial feet from a “Drug Free Zone,” which includes arcades, child care centers, educational institutions,

      libraries, outdoor recreational facilities, schools, youth activity centers, and public housing

     -1,000 radial feet from another MMCC

     -1,000 radial feet from a Controlled Use (e.g. liquor store, pool or billiard hall)

     -1,000 radial feet from a religious institution defined as exempt by the City Assessor.

To check whether a location meets the spacing requirements, use this GIS search tool: http://detroitmi.maps.arcgis.com/apps/InformationLookup/index.html?appid=a8193fae742d408a93de4a7a89eede81

  • MMCC’s are not permitted within Gateway Radial Thoroughfare or Traditional Main Street overlay areas. These areas are indicated on the Zoning Maps which can be found here.
  • Any proposed MMCC facility/business, or any facility/business pertaining to the distribution of medical marihuana, having opened prior to obtaining all required City approvals under the application process is operating illegally.
  • Applicants must obtain zoning approval prior to applying for a business license. Zoning approval starts with an application for site plan approval submitted online.
  • Once a location has zoning approval, the application for a business license may be submitted at BSEED’s Business Licensing Center.
  • Applicants and their employees/agents seeking an MMCC business license must be registered caregivers under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
  • Applicants and their employees/agents will undergo background checks, and may not have felony convictions
  • Any MMCC license automatically expires on September 30 of each calendar year. MMCC’s must re-apply for a license 30 days prior to the expiration date.
  • The procedure to appeal a Drug Free Zone designation can be found here.

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