ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor OK’d plans for the city’s first marijuana consumption lounge this past week, and it could be the first of over two dozen like it in the city.
“We are going to allow 28,” said City Planner Alexis DiLeo, citing a cap in the city’s regulations.
When City Council decided in October 2019 to give the green light to the recreational marijuana industry in the city, it limited the number of permits for marijuana micro-businesses, dispensaries and consumption centers to 28 each.
While the city has since gotten about all the dispensaries it’s going to see under the cap, the door is still open to potentially 27 more entrepreneurs interested in creating spaces where customers can consume cannabis onsite.
But they’re not lining up just yet, DiLeo told the Planning Commission as it approved a permit this week for what’s expected to be Michigan’s first marijuana consumption lounge — in the house next to the Liberty Provisioning Center marijuana dispensary on Ashley Street downtown.
“This is our first taker,” DiLeo said, noting marijuana consumption lounges don’t seem to be as popular a business proposal as dispensaries.
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