With Connecticut’s new marijuana laws going into effect today, applications are being accepted for appointments to the Social Equity Council, which will review and accept cannabis-related business licenses submitted by social equity applicants. Applicants must be individuals whose household income falls below 300% of the state median, and who have lived in a disproportionately impacted area for at least five years before applying for a license, or for nine years before reaching age 18. House Speaker Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford) will each appoint one member to the 15-person council. Candidates for Ritter’s slot must have worked in social justice or civil rights for at least five years, while those seeking Rojas’ approval must have at least five years of professional experience in economic development focused on aiding minority-owned businesses. No member of the council can have any management or financial interest in the cultivation, manufacture, sale, transportation, delivery, or testing of cannabis in Connecticut.
Sean Hocking, Cannabis Law Report, 07/02/2021 07:31:00