Cannabis Advocates Rip Arizona's Draft Rules for 'Social Equity' Licenses – Phoenix New Times


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Did you have a low-income year in 2019?

Did you ever get busted for a small amount of marijuana in Arizona?

If you can answer yes to both of these questions, you just qualified to enter a drawing for one of the state’s 26 “social equity” cannabis dispensary and cultivation licenses under Arizona’s new draft rules.

Now all you need is $5,000 for the non-refundable fee to enter this lottery.

If you’re looking for the “social equity” part of this new social equity policy, you’re not alone. Cannabis advocates criticized the draft rules in a big way this week, decrying the weak equity effort and saying the most likely result if these rules went into effect would be a swift grab of the 26 licenses by established cannabis companies. As many have noted, the rules provide no direct help to minority communities or individuals and seem to be contrary to what voters wanted from the social equity portion of Arizona’s new recreational legalization law. Under the current language, a white billionaire’s 18-year-old son with a single pot arrest would qualify for a social equity license.

But there’s still time for the state to change the rules, and for you to help influence that change. The state set up a poll for the public to weigh in: Click here to access the survey once you’ve read up on the draft rules (below) and the assorted opinions about them. The survey’s deadline is Sunday, May 16.

Rules Will Evolve

Proposition 207, which voters approved by a 60-40 margin in November, was written and promoted by the state’s marijuana dispensary industry and

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