Around 218 have applied for commercial marijuana licenses in Massachusetts after the state on Monday began a process to receiving applications, local media reported on Tuesday.
In hopes of promoting diversity and supporting marginalized groups in Massachusetts, the initial patch of applications is considered a “priority certification.”
About 129 of the applicants fell in the “economic empowerment” category, MassLive reported.
The “economic empowerment” scheme is to help minority or in low-income or minority communities, who were treated unjustly by the so-called war on drugs during prohibition.
Around 89 of the applications were from the nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries.
However, the rest of the license types can start the application on May 1 or June 1, but that also varies, depending on the applicants’ category.
On May 1, applicants will be accepted from microbusinesses, cultivators, craft marijuana cooperatives and independent testing labs. On June 1, marijuana retailers, manufacturers and transporters can apply for their licenses.[share-btn]