On October 2, 2019 the Michigan Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced that the Social Equity Program would be expanding eligibility to those who have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis laws and enforcement.
What is the Social Equity Program?
The program is designed to encourage participation in the marijuana industry from those in residing in disproportionately impacted areas. Read more on the social equity program details.
What areas have been impacted by marijuana prohibition?
After continued research of statewide municipal data, the program is now available in the following communities:
- Bay City*
- Benton Harbor
- Big Rapids*
- Eau Claire*
- East Lansing
- Highland Park
- Mt. Morris
- Mt. Pleasant
- Muskegon Heights
- River Rogue
- South Haven*
- St. Helen*
- Twin Lake*
- West Branch*
Application assistance, program resources, and reduced fees will now be accessible to social equity applicants in the above communities if they qualify for the social equity program.
Are there any social equity program outreach sessions?
Social Equity representatives from the MRA will also be visiting the following regions prior to the MRA accepting applications on November 1, 2019:
- Benton Harbor (Coloma, Covert, Hartford, Sodus, South Haven, Watervliet)
- Big Rapids (Fremont)
- Coldwater (Montgomery)
- Detroit (Ecorse, Hamtramck, Highland Park, River Rouge)
- East Lansing
- Flint (Mt. Morris)
- Mt. Pleasant (Shepherd)
- Muskegon (Muskegon Heights, Twin Lake, Holton)
- Niles (Eau Claire)
- Saginaw (Bay City)
- West Branch (Alger, Prescott, Roscommon, Sterling, St. Helen)
The representatives will be answering questions related to the application and licensing process. They will also provide one-on-one assistance with the license application, as well as compiling and identifying resources relevant to the marijuana industry in order to promote and encourage participation.
View the full educational and outreach session schedule here.
*The Social Equity Program expansion occurred after MRA staff continued researching available statewide municipal data.