Los Angeles revamps cannabis rules to speed permit approvals, boost social equity

Los Angeles has revised its cannabis ordinance and tweaked some other related rules in an effort to speed up business license application processing and approval timelines.

Massachusetts House votes in favor of reforming cannabis social equity

Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House joined their Senate counterparts in approving legislation to promote greater diversity in the state’s licensed cannabis industry.

Illinois’ marijuana social equity program labors to become operational

Illinois, once lauded for creating a potential social equity blueprint for the marijuana industry, continues to struggle to get its program off the ground.

Massachusetts marijuana social equity bill passes state Senate

A Massachusetts bill that would create a fund to help marijuana social equity applicants access capital passed the state Senate.

Arizona issues 26 social equity cannabis business licenses

The Arizona Department of Health Services awarded 26 coveted social equity cannabis business permits during a long-awaited license lottery.

Los Angeles ballot push aims to lower marijuana taxes, bolster social equity

A new campaign in Los Angeles filed a potential ballot measure with the hope of lowering marijuana business taxes and also redirect cannabis tax revenue to social equity MJ companies.

New lawsuit filed over Arizona’s adult-use marijuana social equity licensing

Arizona regulators are facing a third lawsuit over marijuana social equity licensing in the state.

First marijuana social equity consumption lounge licensed in Denver

Denver approved the city’s first social equity license for a marijuana consumption lounge, a move that could lead to a boost in sales for the market as people have more places to consume.

Small-scale cannabis social equity success stories emerge amid stumbles among big programs

While negative headlines pour in about cannabis social equity program delays, barriers and failures, success stories also are beginning to emerge.

Illinois cannabis MSOs pushing back on social equity bill, report says

The largest cannabis trade association in Illinois, which includes multistate operators, reportedly is resisting proposed legislation that would enable social equity-owned craft cultivators increase their canopy size and better compete.

Connecticut’s $3 million fee for social equity cannabis grower permits raises obstacles – and eyebrows

Connecticut opened the window Thursday to social equity applicants seeking to build and operate cannabis cultivation facilities totaling up to 250,000 square feet as part of the state’s upcoming adult-use market.

AZ judge dismisses marijuana social equity lawsuit, but plaintiffs vow to fight

A lawsuit that attempted to keep coveted social equity marijuana business licenses in Arizona out of the hands of big businesses has been dismissed, with the presiding judge ruling that state regulators have acted in keeping with the law.