CT State Panel Endorses 16 Cannabis Businesses as Social Equity Applicants

CT State Panel Endorses 16 Cannabis Businesses as Social Equity Applicants
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CT News Junkie State Panel Endorses 16 Cannabis Businesses as Social Equity Applicants A state panel approved Tuesday the first batch of applicants seeking to open cannabis cultivation businesses in Connecticut as social equity business owners, given special consideration as members of communities negatively impacted by the war on drugs. The Social Equity Council approved 16 applicants during a remote meeting and disqualified 25 others as failing to meet criteria outlined in a 2021 law which legalized the recreational sale of cannabis. The applicants will still need approval from the Consumer Protection Department before receiving a license to open a business. “Today is a day of significant importance for this council,” Andrea Comer, deputy DCP commissioner who chairs the council, said. “Our actions today will be transformative for social equity applicants but important, we will bring change to communities most harmed by the war on drugs through employment and community reinvestment.” In an effort to assist communities harmed by years of government drug enforcement policies, the law requires that half of business licenses in the newly created industry go to applicants who live in disproportionately impacted communities. Based on recommendations by the consultant firm Cohn Reznick, the panel approved two applicants from Bridgeport, five from Hartford, one from Manchester, one from Middletown, three from New Britain, one from Southington, one from Stamford and two from Waterbury. Although the applicants must live in impacted communities, they are not required to open their initial businesses there. The council did not specify on Tuesday the names of the applicants but said approved businesses would be contacted by the state. While the panel approved the successful applicants without controversy, it struggled at length before voting to deny 25 others. “We recognize this will be a life-changing decision for those approved applicants. We also know…

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