Equity

California’s Social Equity Fee Waiver – Late Is Better Than Never

In a move that brought Old Guard California Cannabis a bittersweet assessment, the Cannabis Authority announced on January 1, 2022, that it would waive licensing fees for cannabis companies affected…

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Cannabis Social Equity: Paving the Path for Inclusive Economic Opportunities

The cannabis industry is not a level playing field. Disappointing to say. But for the past three years, as a soon-to-be-opening pharmacy builder, I’ve experienced this lack of fairness first-hand.…

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New York Cannabis Social Equity Fund Secures $150 Million Investment

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced last week that the state’s Cannabis Social Equity Fund has secured a $150 million investment to support entrepreneurs licensed to open recreational cannabis retail…

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Washington Governor Signs Bill Expanding Social Equity Licenses

Washington plans to add dozens of cannabis retailers to its existing adult market over the next decade after the governor signed the bill into law on Monday. The bill, signed…

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Colorado Launches Loan Program for Cannabis Social Equity Businesses

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday the launch of a new state-funded loan program for cannabis social equity businesses. This new program is designed to fund licensed and socially equitable…

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San Diego Receives Cannabis Equity Grant To Boost Local Weed Industry

Finally, San Diego received a grant from the state as part of a program designed to help the city boost its local cannabis industry. Southern California cities last month received…

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Washington State Announces Social Equity Applications for March 1

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Commission (LCB) has officially announced that it will begin accepting Social Equity applications on March 1st. that’s all 44 licenses Those previously “confiscated, canceled, revoked…

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Connecticut Governor Selects Chairman of Social Equity Council

Connecticut’s Adult Use Act includes provisions to ensure fairness in the industry, and the state’s Social Equity Council now has a new chair. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced On December…

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New Jersey Announces New Cannabis Social Equity Grant Program

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced last week the creation of a grant program to help small businesses with costs associated with starting a business in the state’s…

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Los Angeles Selects 100 More Social Equity Applicants Following Lawsuit

City of Los Angeles Bureau of Cannabis Control announced last week “Successfully conducted a Retail Application Lottery, also known as the Phase 3 Retail Round 2 Lottery,” in which “100…

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Denver Signs off on Weed Delivery for Social Equity Companies

On Monday, the Denver City Council approved measures designed to bolster the city’s cannabis delivery service and put those individuals adversely affected by the war on drugs right. Axios Report…

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San Diego’s Social Equity Proposal Could Provide Needed Fixes

San Diego’s proposal to establish a social equity program presents eligibility criteria to help participants find places, raise funds, and receive important guidance from existing members of the cannabis industry.…

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Seattle Mayor Introduces Bills to Enhance Equity in Cannabis Industry

People are asking, voices are being heard calling for a fairer cannabis industry, and leaders in Seattle, Washington are making changes. Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell introduced three new bills A…

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New Analysis of SAFE Banking Act Asks for 10 Amendments to Improve Equity

A paper written by the Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition (CRCC) states that Ohio State University Moritz College of Law The paper, entitled “Not a Safe Bet: Equitable Access to…

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Cannabis Social Equity Bill

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill Thursday to amend the state’s marijuana laws, authorizing the addition of a social equity clause and other changes to cannabis regulations in the…

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