Marijuana social equity applicants nationwide face similar challenges

Despite the promise of social equity leveling the playing field in the marijuana industry, most diversity applicants and license holders believe the cards are stacked against them.

From Los Angeles to Boston, common obstacles include limited access to capital, complicated application processes, real estate priced well above market rates and bureaucratic logjams.

Illinois marijuana company wins licenses after social equity lawsuit

High Haven, a female-led, minority-owned marijuana company, secured five conditional business licenses in Illinois after suing the state over the social equity application process.

More lawsuits filed over Connecticut marijuana social equity licensing

More lawsuits have been filed against the state of Connecticut by applicants who failed to win marijuana cultivation permits through the social equity program.

New York to open social equity marijuana licensing window

The window for marijuana social equity retail license applications to be submitted in New York state will last a little more than a month, beginning Aug. 25 and ending Sept. 26.

Potential Connecticut social equity marijuana cultivators identified

Connecticut marijuana regulators have identified the 16 large social equity cultivators approved to take the next step to grow for the adult-use market, and have asked those applicants and their backers to submit additional information for a background check.

Denver weighs marijuana delivery and social equity changes

The Denver City Council is considering a proposal that would require marijuana retailers to use only social equity-owned transporters for delivery to customers.

Connecticut social equity council endorses 16 adult-use cannabis growers

Connecticut made an important first step toward issuing adult-use marijuana licenses on Tuesday, prompting Gov. Ned Lamont to say a market launch could be only six months away.

Finger-pointing in Arizona over marijuana social equity hurdles

The failure of a key marijuana bill in Arizona’s Legislature has triggered an angry round of the blame game by social equity advocates, who charge that more established companies torpedoed the bill because they want to keep the state’s cannabis market to themselves.

New York chooses management for state’s marijuana social equity fund

The state of New York has chosen “premier minority-led investment team” Social Equity Impact Ventures to manage its $200 million marijuana industry social equity investment fund.

New York spending $200 million on marijuana social equity properties

New York is set to inject $200 million into the local marijuana real estate market, leasing up to 150 retail properties that will be given to social equity businesses to give them a leg up in the state’s new recreational market.

Illinois issues 48 craft grower marijuana licenses to boost social equity

Illinois marijuana regulators awarded 48 additional craft grow licenses in an additional step to diversify the industry.

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.