Social Equity Program Overview

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Cannabis criminalization and its enforcement has had long-term, antagonistic impacts to the City of Arizona, significantly for low income and minority group members.

The social fairness Arizona is one of the few jurisdictions in the United States making an attempt to deal with the impacts of previous hashish policies and their inequities by developing and implementing hashish insurance policies that search to middle fairness in cannabis coverage reform.

The Social Equity Program (SEP) is one software the City of Arizona is using to start to acknowledge and restore the harm brought on by the War on Drugs and the disparate enforcement of cannabis prohibition. The aim of the Social Equity Program Arizona is, “to promote equitable ownership and employment alternatives in the hashish industry to be able to decrease disparities in life outcomes for marginalized communities, and to address the disproportionate impacts of the War on Drugs in those communities.”

After conducting a Social Equity Analysis to each evaluate the impacts associated with hashish criminalization and to identify ways to remove barriers to entering the authorized hashish market by those people and communities disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs, the City identified that individuals with previous cannabis arrests and/or convictions, and people who had been low earnings and lived in excessive arrest communities or “Disproportionately Impacted Areas” experienced the brunt of societal harms associated with cannabis criminalization.

As such, people who're low revenue, have past hashish arrests and or convictions and those who live in Disproportionately Impacted Areas may qualify to participate in the City’s Social Equity Program. This Program goals to assist folks impacted by the War on Drugs and seeks to cut back limitations to getting into the authorized cannabis industry by providing a number of programs to help enterprise ownership and employment opportunities.

For those excited about owning and operating a licensed cannabis enterprise, precedence utility processing is on the market, which seeks to afford eligible social fairness programme applicants an opportunity to be first-to-market, which is critically necessary given the City’s limited number of available licenses. Furthermore, the SEP supplies applicants technical and business help to assist in navigating the City's cannabis licensing course of. Similarly, SEP applicants might qualify for payment deferrals and have the opportunity to participate in programming designed for new or first-time business house owners to assist them be taught the ‘ins and outs’ of operating a licensed and compliant cannabis enterprise in Arizona.

The Social Equity Program will also support workforce improvement and job placement for many who are interested in employment opportunities rather than enterprise licensing.

As the lead company for licensing and regulating cannabis within the City of Arizona, the Department of Cannabis Regulation is responsible for implementing the Social Equity Program and seeks to ensure that disproportionately impacted people and communities within the City have fair and meaningful access to the brand new economic alternatives afforded by legalization and the commercialization of the local cannabis trade.

Please verify our web site often for more data and updates associated to the Social Equity Program and its implementation.

Social Equity Partners creates business partnerships for grownup-use marijuana applicants from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of earlier marijuana legal guidelines.

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