Progress not happening fast enough for marijuana social equity entrepreneurs

Despite state and local jurisdictions earmarking more licenses for marijuana social equity applicants, success stories in this segment remain elusive.

Illinois suit aims to block opening of social equity marijuana licensee’s store

The parent company of a marijuana retailer in Illinois filed a lawsuit alleging that another store is opening too close to one of its existing outlets in Chicago.

Arizona social equity cannabis retailers set to miss key deadline to open

More than half of Arizona’s 26 social equity retail licensees are poised to miss a key deadline to open their cannabis shops by Sunday, Oct. 8.

Colorado agency awards first loans for marijuana social equity businesses

Colorado marijuana transport company IDY Distributors and retailer Simply Pure are the first recipients  of funding from the state’s Cannabis Business Loan Program.

Maryland sets social equity eligibility criteria for adult-use cannabis licenses

Maryland regulators released the guidelines for social equity applicant eligibility and information for an online verification portal in preparation for the upcoming adult-use cannabis business licensing application window.

Connecticut launches social equity loans for marijuana business properties

Connecticut has launched a new loan program to help qualifying marijuana social equity applicants as well as municipalities and nonprofits “rehabilitate, renovate, or develop unused or underused real property for use as a cannabis establishment.”

Marijuana operator Tilt Holdings ends ties with social equity brands

Tilt Holdings, a Phoenix-based diversified marijuana company, has cut ties with three social equity brands and paused a joint venture with the Shinnecock Indian Nation in New York.

Massachusetts marijuana social equity fund has zero funding, report says

The Massachusetts fund intended to advance social equity in the state’s marijuana industry remains unfunded almost a year after it was created.

Opinion: The 5 biggest problems faced by cannabis social equity founders

Social equity founders still face an uphill battle in the cannabis industry, despite policies specifically designed to level the playing field for minorities and those affected by the war on drugs.

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Up to 52 new social equity cannabis licenses coming to Washington state

Washington state will issue up to 52 new cannabis retail licenses under its marijuana industry social equity program.

CT approves, revokes and denies social equity status under new cannabis rules

A ruling by a cannabis social equity oversight board in Connecticut has significantly altered the landscape for a group of adult-use applicants and license holders.