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Westland is one step closer to having marijuana shops in town.

Following council approval, applications for business licenses will open June 1 and close July 16. 

At its May 18 meeting, council approved a 45-day application window that officials expect to get an eager response from hopeful business owners. Council unanimously passed the process 6-0 after concerns from a number of residents were addressed.

Council approved an ordinance that allows recreational and medicinal marijuana establishments in October 2019. Prior to that vote, Westland hosted nine study sessions on the topic. 

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The businesses and applications themselves will inject some cash into the city as it deals with economic struggles related to the coronavirus pandemic. Westland officials announced a 77-staffer furlough on May 1.

The applications carry a $5,000 fee and grower license applications will cost hopefuls another $5,000.

Once submitted, applications will go to a city selection committee for approval or denial. 

Contact reporter Shelby Tankersley at stankersle@hometownlife.com or 248-305-0448. Follow her on Twitter @shelby_tankk

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