The past couple of years have been good for the cannabis industry. The industry managed to weather the coronavirus pandemic much better than other sectors, keeping most cannabis employees working and selling even more cannabis products than before the pandemic. However, the best developments have been on the legal side. Federal lawmakers are working on passing cannabis legislation at the federal level, and several states passed some form of cannabis legalization. Now that 2021 has finally run its course, let’s look at some of the most prominent marijuana reform accomplishments of the year. Connecticut, which still has a completely green recreational market, has focused a great deal on social equity. The state’s newly enacted cannabis legalization bill led to the formation of the Social Equity Council, which is charged with molding Connecticut’s new recreational industry with social equity and diversity in mind. Governor Ned Lamont highlighted the council’s efforts, stating that its primary duty would be to ensure equitable access to the lucrative cannabis market and mitigate some of the damage caused by the failed drug war. At the 15-person group’s first meeting, it rubber-stamped a list of geographical areas that were disproportionately affected by the decades-long war on drugs.

CannabisNewsWire, 01/10/2022 16:20:00

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