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Washington Social Equity Licenses | WA Retail Cannabis Licenses

Washington Social Equity Licenses | WA Retail Cannabis Licenses

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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.

The proposed social equity rule would provide retail cannabis licensing opportunities in Seattle and beyond to people who have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs.

Although the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) is not currently accepting applications for the social equity program, there are a number of things you can do and ways to learn more about the program in order to prepare to apply.

The rule includes eligibility criteria as well as application scoring criteria, with the purpose of determining those who are disproportionately affected and guaranteeing they have the better chance of being approved.

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