Missouri Regulators Say They Will ‘Soon’ Hire A Marijuana Equity Officer To Implement A Microlicense Program

Missouri Regulators Say They Will ‘Soon’ Hire A Marijuana Equity Officer To Implement A Microlicense Program
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“We are working through our process and an announcement will be coming soon.” By Rebecca Rivas, Missouri Independent The constitutional amendment legalizing recreational marijuana in Missouri won voter approval in November but created a schism among social-justice activists over the question of racial and economic equity. Some believe the new law will empower minority marijuana business owners, while others worry it will cement an already distrusted, inequitable business licensing system in place. Much rides on who is selected for chief equity officer by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), the state agency tasked with overseeing the marijuana program. By law, the state must have a chief equity officer for its marijuana program in place by February 6—a position meant to ensure the social and economic equity requirements of Missouri’s new marijuana law are met. A DHSS spokeswoman said the department will be announcing the chief equity officer soon. The department posted the position on the state’s job listing website, MO Careers, from November 29 to December 9, according to Lisa Cox, DHSS’s spokeswoman. “Our positions post for 10 days externally and internally,” Cox said. “Our jobs are usually picked up and advertised in LinkedIn and Indeed as well. We are working through our process and an announcement will be coming soon.” According to the job posting, the chief equity officer is described as a leadership position within Missouri’s Division of Cannabis Regulation. The officer will report directly to the division director, and “will exercise significant independence while also working closely with other teams within the division,” the job posting states. The chief equity officer will oversee the equity measure that legalization campaign supporters boast to be the first of its kind in the nation—a microlicense program designed to boost opportunities in the industry for businesses in disadvantaged communities.…

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