Medical Marijuana

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​Update: July 2019

City Council passed an ordinance revision in May, 2018 that limits the number of medical marijuana provisioning centers to 28 citywide. Each of these must be located on a property that has received a zoning Special Exception Use (SEU). To date, 26 SEUs have been granted, one is under review, and one is being appealed. Two additional petitions for SEUs have been submitted, and will be reviewed if either the petition under review or the one under appeal is denied.

​The City has not passed regulations addressing recreational marijuana. Watch this page for updates. 

​Medical Marijuana Facility Permits

On November 9, 2017 City Council adopted Chapter 96 Medical Marijuana Facilities. That ordinance went into effect on November 26, 2017. It describes City of Ann Arbor Medical Marijuana Facility Permits that are required for all facilities. The application is available here​ (PDF) for facility permits, or from the City Clerk's office.

Facility Permit Applications require a Zoning Compliance Permit and a Certificate of Occupancy (via a Re-Occupation Permit). Links to these applications are below. Note that Provisioning Centers must obtain a Special Exception Use before applying for either of these.

Please visit Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Zoning Requirements

City Council adopted a Medical Marijuana Facility Zoning Ordinance on December 18, 2017. The ordinance went into effect on February 12, 2018.

All five facility types defined by the State of Michigan MMFLA are permitted in the City, in specific zoning districts. Some facility types require Special Exception Use approval from the City Planning Commission before a Zoning Compliance Permit may be issued. All medical marijuana facilities are limited to certain zoning districts, and some have spacing or co-locating limitation.  Please refer to the ordinance links above for all code requirements.

All facilities must provide an approved Zoning Compliance Permit as part of their Medical Marijuana Facility Permit application.

Please visit Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

For Special Exception Use Applications

  • SEU Information and Submission Requirements
  • SEU Checklist
  • SEU Application Form
  • Petition Application Form
  • Information on the city's development review process (including SEUs for City Planning Commission) may be found here
  • Examples of applications that have already been submitted may be found by following these steps:
    1. Go to   

    2. Click Search under Projects

    3. Change the search parameters to Search By: Project Number contains SEU. (This will return all special exception use applications and you will need to go to the most recent ones to find med mj SEU applications.) Double click on the project you want to see.

    4. Or click Search under Projects and change the search parameters to a specific address (if you know it) or SEU project number.

    5. Once you're on a SEU record, look for the Attachments at the bottom of the opening page (which is also the Project Info tab). These are the documents that make up the application, plus any review comments uploaded by City Staff.

  • Please note that all information submitted to the City is public information and viewable by the public online.

Please visit Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Medical Marijuana Map

A map showing the following is available by clicking here:

  • Zoning that allows each of the five kinds of medical marijuana facilities
  • Provisioning centers that have been approved or are under review
  • Provisioning center 600 foot buffers
  • 1000 foot K-12 school buffers

Parcel Zoning Information

To find a parcel's current zoning, and to measure the distance between parcels, go to and click the link for zoning maps.

Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions, including steps to open a provisioning center, obtaining SEU approval, measuring between parcels, and more.