On November 8, 2018, a majority of voters in Michigan approved the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA), which will allow recreational cannabis across the State. On October 8, 2019, the City Commission adopted a licensing ordinance that represents a de facto opt-in for recreational cannabis uses.
On July 7, 2020, the Grand Rapids City Commission adopted amendments to the zoning and licensing ordinances, and also adopted the Cannabis Social Equity Policy.
On July 20, 2020, the City of Grand Rapids began accepting applications for recreational cannabis uses eligible for Director Review.
On September 1, 2020, the City of Grand Rapids began accepting applications for recreational cannabis uses requiring a Special Land Use.
Cannabis Social Equity Policy
The Cannabis Social Equity Policy is a plan produced by the City of Grand Rapids that looks at the recreational 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 recreational 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.
Recreational Cannabis Zoning Ordinance
The City of Grand Rapids recently passed ordinance amendments to permit the following cannabis uses:
- Secure Transporters
- Safety Compliance Facilities (Labs)
The City has two methods to review cannabis applications:
- Director Review: An administrative review for uses such as growers, processors, secure transporters, safety compliance facilities, and collocated retailers within the industrial zone district (SD-IT) and with less than 5,000 square feet of ground floor area.
- Special Land Use: A process involving a Planning Commission public hearing for all other retailers and certain non-retail uses based on their zone district.
Recreational Cannabis Business License
A business license is mandatory for all cannabis-related businesses. A business license is non-transferable. One license allows for the operation of one cannabis use. Some licenses can be stacked, or allow collocated operations. The licensing process is administered by the City Clerk's office, followed by an interdepartmental review and approval process.
The application process involves a zoning (land use) approval by the Planning Department and a business license issuance by the City of Grand Rapids. All applicants must receive a zoning approval before submitting a license application.
The City of Grand Rapids will process land use applications for recreational cannabis businesses as follows:
- Applications that are eligible for Director Review: July 20-31, 2020
- Applications that require Special Land Use: September 1-11, 2020 - these applications require a Planning Commission meeting
We've provided a table and map view of the active applications for cannabis facilities in Grand Rapids (currently showing medical cannabis applications as of July 20, 2020)
For recreational cannabis zoning applications, please click on the resources linked below.
The City of Grand Rapids will accept license applications for recreational uses from applicants with prior zoning approval. These facilities need to apply 30 days before their expected start date of operation. All facilities must obtain a local license before operating.
For all recreational cannabis uses, there is a fee of $5,000 per application. This fee includes the zoning and licensing process (for the first year only).
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