Just today, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced the details of its Michigan Social Equity Program. The program is designed to encourage participation in the marijuana industry by those in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement.
Over the last several months, the agency sought input from approximately 150 stakeholders in work groups, including Cannabis Legal Group’s founding attorney Barton Morris. An online survey was also distributed to help determine critical criteria the MRA should use to identify disproportionately impacted communities, which resulted in identifying the following 19 communities:
While the finalized social equity plan has yet to be released, here are a few key details included in the plan:
The MRA’s team of social equity representatives will visit the 19 communities listed above multiple times before the agency begins taking applications on November 1, 2019. The MRA’s social equity representatives will:
Those who qualify for the Social Equity program benefit from significant reductions off the application fee, the initial license fee and future renewal fees. This will be calculated as follows:
The MRA will make multiple resources available to disproportionately impacted communities and individuals who qualify for the Social Equity Program. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
Additionally, the MRA has partnered with medical facility licenses and individuals from the private sector to provide educational presentations to – and act as resources – to Social Equity Program participants. To learn more about this and other Social Equity Program details, read the full press release.
Cannabis Legal Group is looking forward to being a leading advocate for social equity program applicants, and we are currently preparing resources and services for eligible participants. For information, please contact us today.
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