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Econ empowerment applicants experiencing difficulties

Another challenge: If you want to open a marijuana business, you have to sign an agreement with your city or town. And some of these local agreements require companies to shell out thousands of dollars in annual fees.

“I mean what message is that sending us, especially as people of color who are trying to get into the industry,” Rose says. “It feels really bad. It feels like we’re being already slapped and hit with sanctions before we even got anywhere.”

Only three complete economic empowerment applications have been submitted. That’s compared to more than 40 from medical marijuana dispensaries and around two dozen general applications.

Rose says the economic empowerment priority hasn’t given her the help she needs to actually get through the licensing process.