The City of Detroit has licensed Nuggets Cannabis as the first recreational marijuana dispensary under the city’s social equity program:
“This doesn’t happen everywhere. We fought to ensure legacy Detroiters have an opportunity to grow businesses in the cannabis industry, which has had a disproportionately negative impact on communities of color,” Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison said. “Social equity means taking action to combat the years of criminalization faced by too many of our residents. Here in Detroit, we are addressing generational loss and building generational wealth back into the hands of the community.”
Since adult-use marijuana sales were authorized in Detroit three years ago, Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration has worked closely with Council President Pro-Tem James Tate to ensure that Detroiters have equitable opportunities to participate in the legal cannabis industry, which is predicted to generate $3 billion in annual revenue in Michigan by 2024.
…“During the prohibition era, Detroiters were 30 times more likely to be convicted of a marijuana crime than elsewhere in Michigan, and our (Homegrown Detroit) program addresses that inequity by reserving half of the retail licenses for those who come from communities like Detroit,” said James.
Last December, City of Detroit notified the first 33 successful equity licensee applicants, including Nuggets Dispensary, for adult-use marijuana retail licenses that they have been approved.
“I entered into the business initially as a medical provider, but we are honored to be given the opportunity to open one of the first recreational facilities in the City of Detroit,” said Dr. Radden.
As we looked at opportunities across the Metro area, we always knew we wanted to be in our hometown. The cannabis industry has provided the opportunity for gainful employment with reasonable benefits to many folks in our community. I am proud to say 100% of our employees at the Telegraph store are Detroit residents.”
Read on for lots more about the Homegrown Detroit program and check out Nuggets Cannabis on their website.