WA to Prioritize Drug Offenders for Weed Licenses

Washington state is considering the establishment of the Social Equity in Cannabis Program, which would allow for the state to determine retail cannabis license approvals through the lens of “equity” factors like race and drug convictions.In a document proposing the rule, it states that “in the interest of remedying harms resulting from the enforcement of cannabis-related laws in disproportionately impacted areas, creating a Social Equity in Cannabis Program would further an equitable cannabis industry by promoting business ownership among individuals who have resided in areas of high poverty and high enforcement of cannabis-related laws.“A business or individual applying for a social …

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