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City Of Ferndale

300 East Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI, 48220, US



Marihuana Retailer Application

  • The permit application period is July 16, 2021 to August 16, 2021 at 5:30pm.
  • Applications should be submit online in pdf format through this online application form. If an applicant would like to submit their application in person at City Hall, contact
  • The $5,000 nonrefundable application fee is payable by check to the City of Ferndale and should be submit at the Building Department in person during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5:30pm), or can be mailed to 300 E 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220. The application fee is due prior to the August 16, 2021 at 5:30pm deadline.

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Section 1 - Applicant's Information

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This applicant has provided documentation from the State Marihuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) demonstrating the entity has received pre-qualification (Step 1) approval. For 24 months after the department begins to receive applications for marihuana establishments, for a marihuana retailer from persons holding a state operating license pursuant to the medical marihuana facilities licensing act, 2016 PA 281, MCL 333.27101 to 333.27801, as provided under Initiated Law 1 of 2018, being MCL 333.27959.

This applicant has provided documentation regarding the applicant's form of entity.

This applicant identified the proposed uses/activities (including adjacent uses, if a shared building) for the subject property.

This applicant submit documents evidencing authorization to use subject property for a marihuana retailer establishment (evidence that applicant is owner of the property or a lease of affidavit reflecting right of lease to possess and utilize property for a marihuana retailer establishment).

The applicant submit a diagram of the property showing building layout or floor plan, square footage by use, distance from adjacent properties, distance from closest schools, state licensed daycare facilities, other medical marihuana facilities, provisioning centers, safety compliance facilities, and marihuana retailers. The applicant shall note if the property is proposed to be co-located with a provisioning center licensee.

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Section 2 - Application Criteria

Applications for a marihuana retailer license will be forwarded to City Council for consideration by August 17, 2021. Applications will be evaluated by City Council according to the application criteria for marihuana retailers listed in Sec. 7-412, including:

  1. The content and sufficiency of the information contained in the application.

  2.  Whether the proposed plan has received approval from the police department, Community & Economic Development, and all other appropriate departments.

  3. Whether the proposed facility will revitalize or redevelop property that has been vacant or unused for an extended period of time.

  4. Whether the proposed marihuana establishment will be consistent with land use for the surrounding neighborhood and not have a detrimental effect on traffic patterns and public safety.

  5. Whether the proposed (or existing) building and site improvements are consistent and compatible with the city’s Master Plan objectives and the design of neighboring sites and buildings.

  6. Planned outreach on behalf of the proposed business, and whether the applicant or its stakeholders have made, or plan to make, significant physical improvements to the building housing the marihuana establishment, including plans to control traffic, noise, and odor effects on the surrounding area.

  7. Whether the applicant or any of its stakeholders have a record of acts detrimental to the public health, security, safety, morals, good order, or general welfare prior to the date of the application; and whether the applicant or any of its stakeholders have previously operated an illegal business enterprise of any kind.

  8. Whether the applicant has reasonably and tangibly demonstrated it possesses adequate resources and experience to implement the submitted business plan.

  9. The proximity of the business to a school.

  10. Whether adequate off-street parking is provided or available.

  11. Whether the size and nature of the use in relationship to previously approved and issued marihuana establishment licenses is reasonable.

  12. Whether the applicant has business experience previously in the city and demonstrates that the applicant has sufficient experience and requisite business experience in the operation of the proposed marihuana establishment.

  13. Whether the proposed plan incorporates sustainable infrastructure and energy efficient elements and fixtures.

  14. Whether the proposed plan incorporates odor control systems to prevent odor dispersion to neighboring properties.

  15. Other criteria as indicated important for consideration by any appropriate department of the city administration.

  16. Equivalent licenses, as determined by LARA, for provisioning centers and marihuana retailers with common ownership, shall be permitted to operate at the same location.

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