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Are you prepared for the application process?

We will specifically be talking about vendor training and the social equity program from the final regulations. Here is some background;

Marijuana Establishment Agent Training. Marijuana Establishments shall ensure that all Marijuana Establishment Agents complete training prior to performing job functions.
Training shall be tailored to the roles and responsibilities of the job function of each Marijuana Establishment Agent, and at a minimum must include a responsible vendor program under 935 CMR 500.105(B). At a minimum, staff shall receive 8 hours of on-going training annually.

Social Equity Program: (1) There shall be a Social Equity Program established by the Commission to provide training and technical assistance to eligible applicants and
licensees which may include, but shall not be limited to:
. (a) Management, recruitment and employee training’s;
. (b) Accounting and sales forecasting;
. (c) Tax prediction and compliance;
. (d) Legal compliance;
. (e) Business plan creation and operational development;
. (f) Marijuana industry best practices; and
. (g) Assistance with identifying or raising funds or capital.

Eligibility as an Economic Empowerment Applicant.

1. An applicant who intends to file an application for licensure as an Economic Empowerment Applicant shall file, in a form and manner specified by the Commission, a request for
certification as an Economic Empowerment Applicant. The request for certification shall be in
addition to the requirements included in 935 CMR 500.101(1)(a) through (d).
2. The request for certification as an Economic Empowerment Applicant shall be evaluated by the Commission pursuant to 935 CMR 500.102(1)(b), where an applicant has demonstrated three or more of the following criteria:
a. A majority of ownership belongs to people who have lived for five of the preceding ten years in an area of disproportionate impact, as determined by the Commission;b. A majority of ownership has held one or more previous positions where the primary population served were
disproportionately impacted, or where primary responsibilities included economic education, resource provision or empowerment to disproportionately impacted individuals or communities;
c. At least 51% of current employees or subcontractors reside in areas of disproportionate impact
and by the first day of business, the ratio will meet or exceed 75%;
d. At least 51% or employees or subcontractors have drug-related CORI and are otherwise legally employable in cannabis
e. A majority of the ownership is made up of individuals from Black, African American, Hispanic or Latino descent;
f. Other significant articulate demonstration of past experience in or business practices that promote economic empowerment in areas of disproportionate impact.

Get familiar with the final regulations here:…/Reposted-031218-CCC-Fin…