This appears to mark the first time the state’s Cannabis Control Commission voted down a license for that reason, the Boston Business Journal reported.
The company was looking to build a 5,000-10,000-square-foot indoor cultivation operation.
Among the state stature requirements, applicants must demonstrate how their businesses would have a positive impact on one or more groups of people who have been disproportionately affected by cannabis prohibition.
License applicants also must show plans to include diversity with clearly defined objectives and ways to measure the achievement of those goals.
Commissioners said Mass Yield Cultivation needed to overhaul its application to better identify how it would address those and other diversity issues.