Michigan Cuts Marijuana Licensing Fees in 19 Cities Impacted By Drug War
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Michigan Cuts Marijuana Licensing Fees in 19 Cities Impacted By Drug War

Under the new "social equity" program, applicants with proposed marijuana establishments in minority, poor communities will pay up to 60 percent less in fees.

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LANSING — Michigan regulators announced Thursday a cut in marijuana licensing fees for prospective business owners living in 19 cities whose residents were disproportionately impacted by the drug war.

Under the new "social equity" program, applicants with proposed marijuana establishments in minority, poor communities such as Detroit and Flint and college towns including East Lansing and Mount Pleasant will pay up to 60 percent less in fees. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency determined the communities' eligibility by analyzing their number of cannabis-related convictions and the poverty rate.

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