Massachusetts crafts ‘social equity’ program to help minorities and drug offenders enter marijuana industry

6/26/18–Massachusetts is making plans to launch the nation’s first statewide “social equity” program to help minorities and people convicted of drug offenses work in the legal marijuana industry. Massachusetts state law requires the Cannabis Control Commission to promote full participation in the industry by people disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement. The commission is already giving priority in review of licensing applications to “economic empowerment” applicants who come from areas and groups that have been overly affected by marijuana arrests. Read