Communities of Color Given Preference in Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Licensing

113 preliminary applicants applied for a so-called economic empowerment license under the state's recreational marijuana law.

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May 4, 2018

The first recreational marijuana shops will open this summer and the state says more than 200 applications have already been submitted for consideration.

Among the first already approved are businesses who plan to operate in communities where cannabis arrest rates were high--and that's no coincidence. 

Attorney and cannabis entrepreneur Laury Lucien has big dreams for her marijuana dispensary.

"When you have an opportunity to operate in this sphere where people are still left out, you have a responsibility to make those wrongs right," said Lucien.

Lucien is one of the 113 preliminary applications who applied for a so-called economic empowerment license under the state's recreational marijuana law.

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