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ProfileSectionstvFeaturedMore From NBCFollow NBC NewsDETROIT — When Michigan legalized recreational marijuana, Detroit’s leaders set out to ensure that the city’s residents could share in the profits. Last year, she opened Chronic City, a medical dispensary on Detroit’s east side, which is licensed to sell cannabis to people with documented medical conditions. “It just gives someone a license and sets them afloat in American commerce, which is rife with racism and discrimination and bias.”Detroit City Council President Pro Tem James Tate said he knew Detroit would need a robust marijuana social equity law back in 2014 when he led a city effort to regulate the medical dispensaries that had proliferated. At the time, he said, he was focused on changing the fact that the medical dispensaries existed in a legal gray area — people could be licensed as “caregivers’’ to provide marijuana to a limited number of patients with medical conditions, but businesses weren’t formally permitted by the city or state. “And then, with legalization and commercialization, it tilted it even a little more out of the favor of disadvantaged communities.”All of those factors, Scott said, help explain why of the 75 licensed medical dispensaries in Detroit today, only about 10 have Black owners — in a city where 4 out of 5 residents are Black. The new law — enacted unanimously by the City Council — was “powerful,” said Maurice Morton, the Black owner of a medical dispensary called Motor City Kush.

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