In November 2018, the State of Michigan approved the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA). This law allows the recreational possession and use of cannabis and the taxation of revenue from cannabis business in the state. Municipalities were allowed to adopt licensing ordinances that would allow business uses for recreational cannabis within its boundaries. The City Commission adopted an ordinance on October 8, 2019, effectively opting-in for the establishment for cannabis businesses in the city.
Following its values of Accountability, Collaboration, Customer Service, Equity, Innovation, and Sustainability, the City of Grand Rapids welcomes an industry that will provide opportunities for new business and also build a strong equity foundation for the development of our local community.
On this webpage, you will find information about the Cannabis Program of the City of Grand Rapids and supplemental resources from the Michigan Regulatory Agency.
Cannabis Social Equity Policy
The Cannabis Social Equity Policy is a plan produced by the City of Grand Rapids that looks at the cannabis industry through an equity lens. Our vision is to welcome this new industry, while uplifting members of our community that have been negatively affected by the presence of cannabis. The City encourages all participants in the cannabis industry to follow the recommendations of this Policy to make this industry more equitable.
Cannabis or Marijuana?
The City of Grand Rapids is currently transitioning into using cannabis in all City ordinances, policies, forms, etc. We believe that this term will help look at this industry without any historical stigma and negative connotations coming from the use of the word marijuana.
The City of Grand Rapids Zoning Ordinance permits the following cannabis uses:
- Secure Transporter
- Safety Compliance Facility
- Provisioning Center (medical) or Retailer (recreational)
The City has two methods to review cannabis applications:
- Director Review: An administrative review done by the Planning Department with immediate effect upon approval. Only some uses are eligible for this method.
- Special Land Use: A process involving a Planning Commission public hearing.
The City of Grand Rapids Licensing Ordinance states that:
- A business license is mandatory for all cannabis businesses
- A business license is non-transferrable
- A business license is needed for each cannabis use, in case of collocated or stacked operations
The licensing process is administered by the City Clerk's office, following an interdepartmental review and approval process.
Below you will a table with the active applications for cannabis facilities in Grand Rapids:
The City of Grand Rapids will process land use applications for cannabis businesses as follows:
- Round 1: July 20-31, 2020
- Round 2: September 1-11, 2020
- Round 3: October 20-30, 2020
Note: Applications submitted outside of these rounds will be received and reviewed after all applications submitted within the window are processed and scheduled for Director Review/Planning Commission.
The application materials are linked below:
The City of Grand Rapids will accept license applications from applicants with prior zoning approvals. Applicants need to apply 30 days before their expected start date of operations. All facilities must obtain a local license before operating.
The City of Grand Rapids will charge a fee of $5,000 per cannabis use. For first-year applications this fee will include the zoning and licensing process and will be processed by the Planning Department. For license renewals this fee will be processed by the City Clerk. Cannabis Equity Applicants are eligible for fee discounts.
The City of Grand Rapids requires the following documents for recreational cannabis license renewals:
- If applicable, CISEVA and/or MIVEDA compliance forms
- Updated social equity plan
- Updated environmental sustainability plan
- Proof of compliance with environmental sustainability reporting requirements
- Copy of current State license(s)
- Copy of security plan
- Insurance certificate meeting requirements of Sec. 7.366(g) of the Cannabis Related Municipal Licensing ordinance