Washington Legislature Sends Legislation to Bolster Social Equity in Cannabis Licensing to Governor
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Washington Legislature Sends Legislation to Bolster Social Equity in Cannabis Licensing to Governor

If signed into law, the bill would allow the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board to award previously revoked or canceled cannabis retail licenses to social equity applicants.

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March 16, 2020

The Washington Legislature has approved legislation aimed at bolstering social equity in the state's cannabis industry, sending it to Gov. Jay Inslee, according to The Daily Chronicle.

The bill would create a task force to help establish a new Marijuana Social Equity Program and would allow the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to award previously revoked or canceled cannabis dispensary licenses to applicants in the new program, the news outlet reported.

The program would last for eight years and would be available to applicants in communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition that meet specific requirements, The Daily Chronicle reported.

The legislation would also establish a grant program for new licensees, according to the news outlet.