The medicinal dispensary House of Dank on Fort Street, close to the border of Lincoln Park, began selling marijuana to adults on Wednesday, marking the beginning of legal recreational sales in Detroit. Dacut, a medicinal Marijuana dispensary on Gratiot Avenue in Detroit’s Eden Gardens area, began selling recreational marijuana a few hours later on the other side of the city.
Crystal Jamo, the general manager of House of Dank, stated, “Going recreational in Detroit is a significant milestone for us.” To put it simply, “Pinch me, is it real?” comes to mind because we’ve been waiting for this moment for so long.
House of Dank’s general counsel, Mike DiLaura, said that after the dispensary received the final approval needed to begin selling recreational marijuana from the state of Michigan late Tuesday afternoon, the company began transporting recreational marijuana products from its distribution center and moving products from the vaults of other House of Dank stores to the Fort Street dispensary.
He predicted an “explosion” of new products “today and all weekend long.” “Sadly, it is what the future holds for the Motor City. Currently, the recreational market in Michigan much outstrips the medicinal market in terms of product diversity.”
Signs announcing the dispensary’s sale of recreational Marijuana went up Wednesday morning. General Manager Brenda Essmyer at DaCut said early Wednesday afternoon that they had begun adding recreational products to the system and that they anticipated making their first recreational transaction within the next few hours.
As the capital of Michigan, the launch of recreational cannabis sales has been eagerly anticipated by both the cannabis industry and its customers ever since the drug was legalized in the state in 2018. Detroit spent months developing an ordinance to welcome these enterprises into the neighborhood, only to have a federal judge declare it “likely unlawful,” prompting the city to draft a new policy that was also challenged in court.
A major legal hurdle was passed at the end of last month, and the city of Detroit has now revealed the successful applicants for its recreational Marijuana licenses, which will be issued in December. Among the initial pool of 33 candidates, House of Dank and DaCut are two of the only ones to meet all the criteria for a recreational dispensary and be granted a license.
Ninety people in Detroit applied for only sixty available recreational marijuana licenses. Assuming the City Council gives the go-ahead, the second application round may begin as early as the end of January. As many as 30 shop licenses, 20 microbusiness licenses, and 20 consumption lounge licenses will be granted by the city in the second round of licensing.