An aspiring cannabis business owner who claims to have lived in or around Detroit for most of her life is suing the city for allegedly discriminating against applicants for marijuana business licenses who do not meet the definition of who qualifies as a resident.
The lawsuit was filed in the Wayne County Circuit Court on Tuesday, according to Law360.com.
Plaintiff Crystal Lowe alleges in the lawsuit that the city’s licensing process gives preference to individuals who qualify on the condition of a legacy from Detroit.
According to Law360.com, applicants must meet one of the following conditions to qualify as Detroit Legacy:
- Lived in Detroit for 15 of the last 30 years.
- Lived in Detroit for 13 of the last 30 years and is considered low income.
- Lived in Detroit for 10 of the last 30 years and has a controlled substance conviction or a parent who had a controlled substance conviction when the applicant was a child.
Under the regulations, Detroit is not allowed to issue licenses to non-legacy applicants if the result is less than half of all licenses that go to older applicants.
Legacy applicants will also be given the first opportunity to purchase licenses when the city receives applications in April, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit is asking the court to invalidate the old rules, Law360.com reported.
When the city starts examining applications in May, only those from older applicants will be considered for the first month and a half.
The city will then consider applications from non-legacy companies that are already licensed to sell medical marijuana, according to the lawsuit.
That means applications from aspiring marijuana business owners who are not legacy and non-MMJ licensees will only be considered if approvals are still in place, the lawsuit said.