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FOR Quick RELEASE:

October 24, 2019

Make contact with: Cedric Sinclair, Director of Communications, 857-268-6454 Maryalice Gill, Press Secretary, 857-292-4891 [email protected]

Courses Commence for Social Equity Participants In search of Entrepreneurial Education

BOSTON—About 100 Massachusetts residents who have been disproportionately impacted by prior marijuana prohibition participated in the state’s initial coaching course for entrepreneurs as element of the Cannabis Manage Commission (Commission)’s Social Equity Plan final week.

Folks who are in search of Marijuana Establishment licensure or ownership met at the State Residence on Friday, October 18 to obtain an overview of state law and regulations as effectively as insight into Massachusetts’ ownership and handle guidelines from Commission employees. Education will continue into April and consist of fourteen courses led by private vendors and nonprofit organizations that have been contracted by the Commission.

“Social Equity Plan participants are on their way to opening their personal legal cannabis organizations in Massachusetts,” Cannabis Manage Commissioner Shaleen Title stated. “Although attaining a state license could never ever redress the harm triggered by the War on Drugs, I am proud our agency has delivered a plan that moves toward fairness by offering tools applicants require to succeed in the Commonwealth’s very competitive marijuana marketplace. We are excited to see what the future holds for these entrepreneurs.”

The Commission launched the Social Equity Plan in accordance with a state mandate that calls for complete participation in Massachusetts’ regulated sector by communities that have been disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition. David Rogers, Residence Chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy, supplied participants welcoming remarks on Friday.

“It is with excellent enthusiasm that I participated in the kickoff of this Social Equity programming,” Chairman Rogers stated. “We mark the commence of a new chapter in Massachusetts that is centered about inclusion for all in the cannabis sector. A single of the primary factors I was one particular of a couple of elected officials to assistance and campaign for legalization is the disproportionate harm triggered to communities of colour by society’s drastically failed prohibition method.  This Social Equity programming is an vital step toward remedying some of these previous harms and it is my excellent hope that — via these trainings and solutions — an aspiring generation of entrepreneurs and other folks will obtain a foothold in this new legal marketplace.”

The state’s cost-free, statewide technical help and coaching plan gives eligible participants abilities, education, and mentorship to enable obtain entry into the regulated cannabis sector. It is intended to level the playing field for people who have either lived in a Commission-designated location of disproportionate influence and meet a distinct earnings requirement, have a prior drug conviction, or have a spouse or parent whose drug conviction has impacted their lives.

The Plan is divided into 4 teaching tracks that will provide exclusive mastering possibilities to participants all through the Commonwealth. Six vendors have been contracted by the Commission to provide curricula that concentrate on competency regions such as workforce improvement, accounting and sales forecasting, company program creation, farming very best practices, identifying funds and raising capital, navigating municipal processes, tax prediction, legal compliance, and far more.

Along with the entrepreneur track that kicked off Friday, future cohorts will obtain teaching and guidance for re-entry and entry-level employment, core marijuana establishment job functions, and ancillary roles that assistance cannabis organizations. The other 3 plan tracks will commence coaching this winter.

In addition to private educational possibilities, Social Equity Plan participants will be eligible for charge waivers when they apply for a license and have exclusive access to delivery-only and social consumption license forms when they grow to be obtainable in the Commonwealth for at least two years.

For far more details about the Social Equity Plan, speak to the Commission’s Director of Neighborhood Outreach Shekia Scott at 617-701-8400 or [email protected], visit  MassCannabisControl.com/EquityPrograms, or stick to the Commission on Facebook and Twitter.

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