Michigan Social Equity Program Expansion

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:

  • Albion
  • Alger*
  • Bay City*
  • Benton Harbor
  • Big Rapids*
  • Coldwater*
  • Coloma*
  • Covert*
  • Detroit
  • Eau Claire*
  • East Lansing
  • Ecorse
  • Flint
  • Fremont*
  • Hartford*
  • Highland Park
  • Hamtramck
  • Holton*
  • Inkster
  • Kalamazoo
  • Mesick*
  • Montgomery*
  • Mt. Morris
  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Muskegon
  • Muskegon Heights
  • Niles
  • Pontiac
  • Prescott*
  • River Rogue
  • Roscommon*
  • Saginaw
  • Shepherd*
  • Sodus*
  • South Haven*
  • St. Helen*
  • Sterling*
  • Twin Lake*
  • Watervliet*
  • West Branch*
  • Ypsilanti

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.

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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:

  • Albion
  • 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)
  • Inkster
  • Kalamazoo
  • Mesick
  • Mt. Pleasant (Shepherd)
  • Muskegon (Muskegon Heights, Twin Lake, Holton)
  • Niles (Eau Claire)
  • Pontiac
  • Saginaw (Bay City)
  • West Branch (Alger, Prescott, Roscommon, Sterling, St. Helen)
  • Ypsilanti

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.

Sydney Fairman (19 Posts)

Sydney Fairman is the Social Media Marketing Specialist for the Law Offices of Barton Morris and Cannabis Legal Group. While at Central Michigan University, Sydney was an active member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and held various internships, leadership and part-time positions. These places of employment include the City of Mt. Pleasant, Grand Central Magazine, Mackinac State Historic Parks and WCMU Public Media (PBS). She graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelors Degree in Applied Arts in Integrative Public Relations and minor in Journalism. Sydney comes to us after her first position post-college with Gale, a Cengage Company as a Marketing Associate. She possesses a passion for writing, marketing and graphic design and showcases this on Cannabis Legal Group's website and social media channels.


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