Marijuana regulators have reached an agreement about plans to allow the home delivery of marijuana products within the state. A vote of 4-1 was passed by the Cannabis Control Commission.
If the plan gets final approval from the commission by the end of May, the delivery of cannabis products within the state would mainly be done by people from the communities that suffered the most during the War on Drugs.
The rules pave the way for people from those disadvantaged communities to have an expedited entry into the legal cannabis industry. Under the regulatory policies, home delivery licenses would exclusively be given to people from communities which were disproportionately targeted during the enforcement of prohibitionist marijuana laws.
The program will run for 24 months after which the regulators will assess its performance before deciding whether to extend it or open the space for all who are interested to apply for licenses.
Companies that are granted home delivery licenses will be free to work for as many cannabis retailers as they can take on, but the delivery vehicles will be obliged to return to the retailer any cannabis products which aren’t sold by the end of the day.
The law by which recreational marijuana was legalized in the state stipulated that a diversity program must be implemented in order to give more people a chance to benefit from the legal marijuana industry.
The home delivery system is therefore seen as one of the ways through which broader participation in the industry can be facilitated.
Regulators hope that the target population will take advantage of the exclusivity period in order to participate in the cannabis industry because the requirements for one to get a home delivery license aren’t as stringent as those for one who wants to get a marijuana cultivation or processing license.
For example, it is harder to access the capital needed to set up a processing plant, but one can find it easier to get funds to establish a cannabis home delivery business.
Kay Doyle, one of the members of the Cannabis Control Commission, expressed concerns that the desired results may not be realized within the initial 24 months, so it was a good thing to include a provision stating that once those months elapse, a review would be conducted before a decision is made regarding the future of the empowerment program.
Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Golden Developing Solutions Inc. (OTC: DVLP) look forward to the time when the social equity and empowerment programs bring the people targeted into the mainstream marijuana industry.
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