Denver Set to Break the Ice on Cannabis Social Equity Technical Assistance Program

Denver Set to Break the Ice on Cannabis Social Equity Technical Assistance Program
Cannabtimes

<![CDATA[When Colorado legalized adult-use cannabis in 2012, and rolled out commercial sales in 2014, the emphasis on social equity was not what it is today. But that hasn’t stopped the Centennial State from filling in the gaps.  The Denver Economic Development and Opportunity (DEDO) department, which works to ensure an inclusive and innovative economy for all city residents, businesses and neighborhoods, is launching a targeted entrepreneurial program for aspiring cannabis business owners that is specifically designated to boost ownership among individuals most impacted by prohibition and enforcement policies. The Cannabis Social Equity Technical Assistance Program is funded by $500,000 of Denver’s cannabis retail tax revenues and seeks to train and elevate residents who meet Colorado’s definition of a social equity applicant in the cannabis industry. The program’s 10-week curriculum will include subject-matter experts on topics such as the history and politics of the industry, compliance, delivery, and hospitality, as well as marketing and best practices. Those interested in the program can learn more and register here. (The deadline for registration is 5 p.m. July 15 with the initial training session occurring on July 23.) Through a competitive bidding process, city officials chose The Color of Cannabis (TCC) as a partner for the program. The Denver-based education center is woman-owned and experienced in providing a pathway in helping cannabis newcomers understand and navigate entry into the industry, including regulatory, legal, financial and logistical challenges associated with the space. “We are pleased to bring our commitment to greater ownership equity in the cannabis industry to this historic program,” TCC founder and CEO Sarah Woodson said in a June 23 DEDO press release. “We’ll serve several small-group cohorts over the next year and surround them with advice, mentoring, information, and encouragement.”  Success metrics in DEDO’s program will include the number of social equity applicant…

Excerpt only …
READ MORE BELOW
Source : Denver Set to Break the Ice on Cannabis Social Equity Technical Assistance Program

reposted by Cannabis News World

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.