License Type

Marihuana Retailer Application


*Note that applications are no longer being accepted. Applications that were received during the November 4, 2019-March 1, 2020 period were reviewed by City Council and three (3) marihuana retailer permits were issued on April 29, 2020.* In response to the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA), approved by Michigan voters with Proposal 1 on November 6, 2018, the City of Ferndale amended ordinances related to Marihuana establishments. Below are frequently asked questions regarding the amended ordinances and application:

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-Where can I read a copy of the official adopted ordinance amendments? 

The adopted zoning ordinance is available at this link. The adopted regulatory ordinance is available at this link. Minutes from the April 27, 2020 City Council meeting can be found at this link. The retailer application recommendation can be found at this link.

-When does the ordinance take effect?

The adopted ordinances too effect on May 5, 2020.

-How many marihuana retailers will the City allow for recreational adult use?

City Council adopted an ordinance to allow three (3) marihuana retailers.

-How many medical marihuana provisioning centers will the City allow?

The existing ordinance permits five (5) provisioning centers. As of April 2020, there are three (3) provisioning centers in operation (1921 Hilton, 2625 Hilton, 1551 Academy) that have State operating licenses and two (2) provisioning centers in the process of obtaining a permit (642 E. 9 Mile, 925 E. Drayton).

-How many safety compliance facilities will the City allow?

The existing ordinance permits one (1) safety compliance facility. The City has not received an application for a safety compliance facility.

-When can I apply for a marihuana retailer license?

*Applications were accepted in person at City Hall between November 4, 2019 and March 1, 2020. Applications for a marihuana retailer license were forwarded to City Council for consideration on March 1, 2020 and three (3) permits were issued on April 28, 2020. Applications are no longer being accepted.*

-What are the criteria that City Council used to review marihuana retailer applications and how long was the review period?

The criteria that City Council used to review applications is listed on the application and Chapter 7-412, (f). City Council reviewed the applications over 60 days to select three (3) marihuana retailer applicants for licenses. Applicants (1921 Hilton, 2625 Hilton, 1551 Acadmey) were awarded on April 28, 2020.

-How much is the application fee for marihuana retailers?

The application fee for marihuana retailers are $5,000. The fee is non-refundable.

-What zones are the facilities be permitted in?

M-1 (Limited Industrial), M-2 (General Industrial), OS (Office Service). A City zoning map can be found at this link.

-What type of distance requirements are there for proposed facilities? Can provisioning centers and marihuana retailers co-locate?

A marihuana retailer shall not be allowed within 500 feet of an educational institution, nursery school, or child care center, or another marihuana retailer facility, provisioning center or medical marihuana facility. The distance requirement shall not apply to a safety compliance facility. This distance requirement shall not apply to a marihuana retailer licensee that has a provisioning center license and is trying to co-locate at a single location. The current distance map can be found at this link.

-Will the existing two (2) medical marihuana facilities operating under the MMMA and special land use approvals be permitted to stay open?

The existing two (2) medical marihuana facilities are able to continue to operate under their approved special land use application.

-Should I buy property in the City in hopes of securing a license?

The City cannot give advice regarding speculative purchasing of property.

Contact Information

Justin Lyons
Community & Economic Development




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