A Visitor's Guide to Cannabis in Detroit During the NFL Draft

April 4th, 2024 Recreational Use
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With the NFL draft approaching and many gearing up for a trip to Detroit, there's a budding interest among visitors in exploring the city's cannabis offerings. Since the legalization of recreational cannabis in Michigan, Detroit has seen the emergence of numerous dispensaries throughout its neighborhoods. Although the downtown area, the heart of NFL draft activities, lacks these establishments, the Detroit Free Press has compiled essential information for those keen on discovering what the city has to offer beyond the draft.

Legal Status of Recreational Cannabis in Detroit

Michigan's electorate voted in favor of recreational cannabis in 2018, allowing individuals aged 21 and above to partake legally. The city of Detroit welcomed its first recreational cannabis sales in January 2023, marking a significant milestone in its cannabis industry journey.

Where to Purchase Recreational Cannabis

Detroit boasts 31 recreational cannabis dispensaries scattered across various neighborhoods. While downtown Detroit is devoid of these establishments, a significant concentration can be found along 8 Mile Road and within the Corktown neighborhood, providing accessible options for those willing to explore. The city's official website, DetroitMI.gov, features a detailed map under the Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity Department's "Office of Marijuana Ventures & Entrepreneurship," guiding visitors to the nearest dispensaries.

Dispensary Visits: What to Expect

Upon visiting a dispensary, patrons must present a valid form of identification, such as a driver's license, to confirm they are at least 21 years old. Transactions are cash-only due to federal restrictions on cannabis, though many dispensaries conveniently provide ATMs on-site. Michigan law permits the purchase of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis flower and no more than 15 grams of concentrate per transaction, with the average price for an ounce of recreational flower around $92, based on February data from the Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency.

Consumption Guidelines

Michigan legislation prohibits public cannabis consumption, limiting use to private settings like a personal residence. This presents a challenge for visitors staying in hotels or short-term rentals, where policies on cannabis use should be verified in advance. Furthermore, the NFL maintains a strict no-cannabis policy at its Draft Experience events.

Interstate Travel with Cannabis

Transporting cannabis across state lines remains a federal offense, despite Michigan's dispensaries welcoming out-of-state customers. Purchasers are advised to consume their products within state boundaries to avoid legal complications.

Embracing Cannabis Tourism in Michigan

Cannabis tourism is gaining traction in Michigan, offering an array of experiences for enthusiasts and casual consumers alike. For those visiting Detroit for the NFL draft and interested in the cannabis scene, thorough planning and adherence to local laws ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable experience.

For more detailed insights on navigating the cannabis landscape in Michigan, the Michigan Marijuana Buyers Guide is an invaluable resource. Covering everything from dispensary etiquette to legal consumption practices, it's designed to assist visitors in fully appreciating the cannabis culture in the Great Lake State.

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