Traverse City, MI Approves Recreational Cannabis

August 20, 2020


On Monday, August 17, the Traverse City, Michigan City Commission rolled back its temporary ban and voted unanimously to allow adult-use cannabis facilities. These new rules will go into effect on August 27. Up to four retail dispensaries will be permitted within city limits, but only two will be allowed in downtown Traverse City. 

Once the application window opens, applicants will have 30-45 days to apply for a permit. Recreational permits will be awarded on a points-based merit system. Current medical marijuana facilities will receive extra points under this system, but are otherwise not guaranteed to receive a permit. City staff will review all applications and award permits to the highest-ranking applicants, with any ties decided by lottery.

Existing medical marijuana retailers are already jockeying for position to get one of the four coveted recreational retail spots. Even though the application process if not yet open, potential adult-use applicants should start preparing now. 

If you need help in applying for adult-use operations or finding a location for your marijuana facility in Traverse City, contact John Mackewich at 419-249-7103 or at

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