Social equity in legal marijuana businesses and the entire legal cannabis landscape of Massachusetts is a big topic. And for good reason, it generates a lot of discussions and ideas.
Sometimes ideas about social equity – as well as examples of it in motion in Massachusetts – are placed in interview form with good media actively looking at the matter.
This is one of those interviews centering around social equity.
Here’s a taste:
In early 2021, the Massachusetts Commonwealth Dispensary Association (CDA) filed a lawsuit against the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) to block a new type of delivery license created by the agency in autumn of 2020.
The new license is an attempt to increase the number of minority-owned operators in the state’s fledgling cannabis industry.
What angered some members of the CDA was the CCC’s decision to make the delivery and courier-style license only available to applicants in social equity programs for the first three years.
In other words, all the state’s existing dispensaries would be barred from delivery until at least 2024.
The CDA has since withdrawn their lawsuit, stating that many of its members had pressured them to drop the case.
“We all need to be working together on achieving our many shared objectives, including increasing the participation of a diverse set of entrepreneurs in the industry,” noted the CDA in a subsequent statement.
We spoke with the owners of Massachusetts dispensary chain Canna Provisions, Meg Sanders and Erik Williams, to learn more about the social equity landscape in the state.
Sanders has an extensive background in cannabis, having served as CEO for Mindful (a Colorado and Illinois dispensary chain), and later acting as a consultant for many multi-state operators around the country.
Williams is also an owner of Mindful and together the duo formed Will & Way Consulting in 2016 prior to launching Canna Provisions in Massachusetts.
ICYMI Bonus: Now that you’ve read up on social equity thoughts by our leaders, did you catch the segment on Canna Provisions in the Wall Street Journal? Here’s a taste from WSJ.com (be sure to check out the full piece here):
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