Cannabis

Smoke and Mirrors: ‘Social Equity’ marijuana licenses were meant to right a wrong, but critics say they’ll just make cannabis giants even richer

When Arizona voters approved recreational marijuana use in 2020, the new law included provisions that aimed to give the opportunity of a lifetime to people most harmed by the War on Drugs: a chance to win a coveted license to operate a dispensary. Now, the final licenses to sell marijuana in Arizona are set to be given out through the social equity program, which aims to right the wrongs caused by disproportionate policing of marijuana crimes...

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