Marihuana Business Social Equity Program

The City of Kalamazoo’s Social Equity Policy provides fee reductions and reduced separation distance requirements for Marihuana Businesses where a majority of the ownership (51% or more) has lived in the Eastside, Edison, and/or Northside Neighborhoods (Census Tracts 1, 9, 10, 2.02 or 3) for the three years prior to applying for a Marihuana Business Permit; or where a majority of the ownership have lived anywhere in the City for the past 3 years and have a marihuana-related conviction (not involving distribution to a minor). In addition, a discount is available if at least 10% if the ownership of the business was a registered caregiver for at least 2 years between 2008 and 2017.

To become a qualified social equity business, the business must submit a Social Equity Business application form and Social Equity Program – Participant’s Personal Information Form and supporting documents for every person who has an ownership interest in the business, regardless of the percentage of ownership. This application can be submitted either prior to submission of the associated Marihuana Business Permit Application, or it can be submitted with the Permit Application. If this application is submitted prior to the Permit application, eligibility will be determined, and the appropriate fee reductions will be applied at the time the Permit application is filed. If this application is submitted with the Permit Application, the applicant will need to pay the full amount of the fee(s) within the required timeframe. If the applicant is determined to be eligible for the social equity program the fee reduction(s) will be refunded.

Social Equity Business Policy(PDF, 34KB)
Social Equity Business Application(PDF, 39KB)
Social Equity Business Personal Information Form(PDF, 42KB)