Detroit City Council Votes to Extend Moratorium on Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

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The Detroit City Council voted Jan. 21 to extend a moratorium on adult-use cannabis sales in the city, according to a Michigan Radio report.

The moratorium was originally set to expire Jan. 31, and the extension is meant to give the city time to draft an ordinance to regulate the industry, the news outlet reported.

Detroit is one of more than 1,400 cities and communities that have opted out of allowing adult-use cannabis sales within their borders, according to Michigan Radio.

Detroit City Councilman James Tate told the news outlet that regulation is necessary to make the industry accessible. “If there’s no intervention, you’ll have a number of individuals living in the city where the industry is located not being able to participate because of various barriers of entry, whether those be financial or structural.”

Michigan launched legal adult-use cannabis sales Dec. 1. The three dispensaries that were licensed to serve the market at that time reported $221,000 in first-day sales.

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