Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency is now taking social equity program applications online

click to enlarge Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency is now taking social equity program applications online
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As Michigan's new recreational marijuana industry continues to flourish, making sure that people who have been harmed by the War on Drugs can participate in it is imperative.

Across the country, Black people and Latinos have been disproportionately ensnared by drug laws, despite the fact that white people use marijuana at about the same rate.

To help remedy this, Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s (MRA) has a social equity program. Section 8 of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (2018) requires the MRA to develop "a plan to promote and encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement and to positively impact those communities."

The social equity program offers financial assistance to people from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition, including cities like Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, and Ypsilanti, among others. Assistance includes reduced fees and educational and business resources.

The program is now accepting applications online at michigan.gov/MRA.

The MRA will also host a virtual outreach session at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Attendance is free and those interested can register here.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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