Connecticut Governor’s Marijuana Task Force Issues Social Equity Recommendations For Legalization

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An informal task force formed by Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) has issued a series of recommendations on how to legalize marijuana with an eye toward social justice for communities most harmed by prohibition. The group—which was comprised of about 20 lawmakers, advocates and community leaders—tackled two main sets of issues: those related to licensing and regulations, as well as community reinvestment. It was formed by the administration on a largely ad hoc basis in December and has stayed relatively under-the-radar in the weeks since. “I think the overarching theme In the recommendations is the governor’s proposal needs to have strong equity provisions on the licensing side and on the back end, specifically a significant portion of the revenue going to communities hard hit by the war on drugs,” DeVaughn Ward, senior legislative counsel with the Marijuana Policy Project, told Marijuana Moment. There was a recognition among task force members that there was a “lack of diversity and inclusion in the current medical market,” he said. “Without those two things, the governor’s [adult-use legalization] bill will have a really hard time gaining traction from progressive legislators, urban legislators and legislators of color, all which make up a large chunk of the Democratic majorities in both chambers.” Here are some of the key recommendations to come out of the task force:  -Social equity licenses should go to businesses that have at least 67 percent ownership by individuals who meet at least two criteria: 1) those who have been arrested over a cannabis-related offense, 2) those with an immediate family member who has been arrested over marijuana, 3) those with an annual income lower than 150 percent of the median wage or 4) those from communities most harmed by prohibition as dictated by an equity study. -A capital fund for zero-interest loans…

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