Letter to Potential Applicants
The application to receive professional training, technical assistance and mentoring through the Social Equity Program will be available this fall. Please sign up for our social equity news list to receive updates as the program progresses .
The Social Equity Program is designed to build a pathway for individuals and businesses that wish to build, enter, and support a robust adult-use cannabis marketplace regardless of their desired level of involvement or area of specialty. The two-phase program focuses on those most affected by marijuana prohibition and helps applicants discover how they can contribute to the newly legalized industry. The mission of the program is to encourage full participation by people from communities that have previously been disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement and to positively impact those communities by decreasing the disparities in life outcomes for these individuals and improving the quality of life in areas of disproportionate impact.
• Reduce barriers to entry in the commercial cannabis industry;
• Provide professional, technical services, and mentoring for those facing systemic barriers; and
• Promote sustainable, socially, and economically reparative practices in the commercial adult-use marijuana industry in Massachusetts.
Phase one: Request for Qualifications – Application and selection process for those looking to develop face-to-face and on-demand curriculum as well as professional training, technical services, and mentoring in various areas of expertise for the Social Equity Program.
Phase two: Social Equity Program Application – Application and selection process for those who meet program criteria and are looking to receive professional training, technical assistance, and mentoring.
To be eligible for this portion of the program, individuals must meet at least one of the following criteria:
• Have resided in an area of disproportionate impact for at least five of the past 10 years and current income may not exceed 400% of federal poverty level; or
• Have a past drug conviction and a resident of Massachusetts for at least the preceding 12 months; or
• Have been married to or the child of a person with a drug conviction, and a resident of Massachusetts for at least the preceding 12 months.