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Adult Use Marijuana Application Packets Available September 4, 2020

by Katelyn Zeits
Monday, August 24, 2020

On August 17, 2020, following the recommendation of a City Commission Ad Hoc Committee consisting of Commissioner Brian McGillivary, who chaired the committee, as well as Mayor Pro Tem Amy Shamroe and Commissioner Tim Werner, the City Commission adopted regulations allowing for adult use marijuana establishments within the City of Traverse City.

City Clerk Benjamin Marentette’s office, which is charged with reviewing all applications and issuing the related licenses, in consultation with various departments and agencies, will have complete application packets available on the city’s website at 8 a.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020.    The City Commission established a limit of four retail establishments and 2 microbusinesses in the city, with no limit on the number of growers, processors, secure transporters or safety compliance facilities.   The city does not allow designated consumption establishments (“marijuana lounges”) or excess marijuana growers.

When the City opened up the application period for medical marijuana provisioning centers (retail outlets), and there was a competitive process for awarding those licenses, the city provided approximately three months for applicants to put together their (extensive) applications.   In that same spirit, the City Clerk will make applications available for all establishment types on September 4, 2020; and for those that will be awarded on a competitive basis (retail establishments and microbusiness), the City Clerk has established an application acceptance window beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020, closing at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020.   This period of time is the only time in which the City Clerk’s Office will initially accept applications for adult use retail establishments as well as adult use microbusiness establishments.   For the other types of establishments, applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis unless otherwise indicated.   Applications must be submitted electronically. 

With respect to retail establishments and microbusinesses, the permits are awarded on a competitive, scored basis.  It is generally anticipated, depending on how the application approval process plays out (factoring in time for appeals, etc.), that licenses for retail and microbusinesses will be awarded in January 2021.   For all other license types, it is anticipated that that a decision on the application will be made within 30-45 days of application submittal.