On July 31, 2022, Massachusetts passed legislation (S. 3096) that seeks to promote greater diversity among those participating in the state’s licensed cannabis industry. This bill will lay the groundwork for establishing and enhancing social equity measures for cannabis business owners in the state.
Applicants are eligible for the social equity program if they demonstrate that they meet at least one of the following criteria:
1. If their income does not exceed 400% of Area Median Income and Residency in an Area of Disproportionate Impact for at least five of the past ten years.
2. Residency in Massachusetts for at least the past 12 months and a conviction or continuance without a finding for an offense.
3. Residency in Massachusetts for at least the past 12 months and proof that the SEP applicant has a family member with an unfound conviction.
4. Any individual listed as an owner on the original certification of an Economic Empowerment Priority Applicant who satisfies one or more of the following criteria:
In accordance with state law, the Cannabis Control Commission will provide priority licensing review to Certified Economic Empowerment Priority Applicants who demonstrate at least three of the following six criteria: