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Good read on folks with convictions being involved

While the equity program looks good on paper, there are still potential roadblocks ahead.

In order for marijuana businesses to open, they must first secure agreements with local communities. But Berte fears that those could be hard to get for people like him.

“They could potentially look at me and say, ‘Why would I give somebody who broke a law a second chance when I can give this guy with a $50,000 Rolex a chance to do things the right way because he has a proven record?’” he said.

Still, he hopes everything will work out.

The recreational marijuana industry “was built off the backs of people who went away”, he says. “I just want the people that paid the ultimate price for this to be able to do it legit.”