Arizona Introduces Social Equity Classes for Cannabis Businesses

High Times

For some prospective marijuana dispensary owners in Arizona, class is now in session. Social equity class, that is.  It is a provision included in the ballot measure that voters in the state last year legalized recreational pot use for adults. The measure, Proposition 207, called on the state to “promote the ownership and operation of marijuana establishments and marijuana testing facilities by individuals from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of previous marijuana laws.” What that means in practice: Arizona’s Department of Health Services will award 26 dispensary licenses to individuals from those communities particularly affected by long standing anti-pot laws.  The department, which is overseeing the implementation of the new recreational marijuana program, will accept applications for those licenses from December 1 until December 14, and a random lottery will determine who is awarded the licenses. As part of the application process, the department is requiring those applicants to participate in classes “to ensure that social equity applicants are prepared for the application process and the challenges of running a marijuana business.” According to the department, the classes will be taught by industry experts, and “will include two days of content and education focused on a number of aspects of operating an adult-use marijuana business, including legal requirements, business practices, regulatory compliance, and fundraising, as well as marketing and strategic growth.” “The social equity ownership program is intended to promote the ownership and operation of licensed Marijuana Establishments by individuals from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of previous marijuana laws,” the Department of Health Services said.  “Social equity license holders will be required to comply with all statutes and rules that govern Adult-Use Marijuana Establishment licenses, including obtaining approval to operate before opening their retail location. Additionally, social equity license holders will be required to develop and implement…

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