Boston: Mayor Wu and Office Of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion Announce the Cannabis Empowerment Series

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~ Mayor Michelle Wu of the City of Boston has announced a weeklong series of free educational sessions on the cannabis industry and entrepreneurship, in collaboration with Rooted In. The Cannabis Empowerment Series is designed to provide information and resources to support equitable growth and development of the cannabis industry in Boston.

The Ordinance Establishing Equitable Regulation of the Cannabis Industry, passed in November 2019, requires procedures and policies that encourage participation in the regulated cannabis industry by communities that have been disproportionately affected by the "War on Drugs" -- particularly Black and Latino communities. Segun Idowu, Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion said, "It's important for the growth and prosperity of our city that the diversity we seek to achieve within the emerging cannabis industry exists at all levels, from storefront dispensaries to every ancillary opportunity to participate."

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Mayor Wu is committed to ensuring that all of Boston's communities can benefit from this emerging industry. This empowerment series will help identify a pipeline of equity applicants, cannabis entrepreneurs, the cannabis workforce, and ancillary opportunities. Rokeya Chowdhury from Rooted In said "We believe that the Cannabis Empowerment Series is an important initiative towards promoting equity in the Boston cannabis industry. As a participant of Boston's Equity Program, we have experienced the benefits firsthand in areas such as grants and technical support."

The weeklong series will cover various aspects of the industry including legislative history & social justice; license types; financing; how to create a corporation; city of Boston Host Community Agreements (HCA); site control; resources & equity programming; ancillary opportunities.

Those interested can register for more information about this free series including its schedule at this link.

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