Soon a Washington Social Equity Cannabis License Application will be released to the public. The Washington State Legislature passed E2SHB 2870, which established a cannabis social equity program. The Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force will develop policies and recommendations to improve social equity in the cannabis industry licensing process as part of the program.
This bill creates a new status of “social equity applicant” for marijuana retailer licenses. The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) gives priority to social equity applicants who have “social equity plans” for available marijuana retailer licenses, including up to 34 licenses that are subject to forfeiture, revocation, or cancellation or were available but not previously issued by the LCB. The Marijuana Social Equity Technical Assistance Competitive Grant Program has also been established and funded.
This program should improve equity and inclusion in the cannabis industry.
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