State holding social equity marijuana business outreach sessions

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    The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) in July announced its Social Equity Program that aims to offer reduced fees and technical and professional assistance to those seeking to start cannabis businesses in communities disproportionately impacted by criminalization.

    The MRA’s social equity team will hold free education and outreach sessions to promote and encourage participation in the licensed marijuana market. Register here.

    Attendees will receive information about qualifying for and participating in the social equity program and the adult-use licensing process. There will be several state agencies available to provide information applicable to the licensing process, and other marijuana industry resources providing information important to a licensed marijuana business.

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    Beginning Friday, the online adult-use application will be available to the public to complete and submit to the MRA. Participating in the Social Equity Program allows qualifying applicants to benefit from a reduction of up to 60% off the application fee, the initial license fee and future renewal fees.

    Sessions are scheduled for:

    • Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m., Booker T. Dozier Recreation Complex, 2025 Middlebelt Rd. in Inkster
    • Monday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m., Conley Library, 4600 Martin St. in Detroit
    • Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m., Isabella Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd. in Mt. Pleasant
    • Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m., Benton Harbor Public Library, 213 E. Wall St. in Benton Harbor
    • Thursday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m., Muskegon Community College, 221 Quarterline Rd. in Muskegon Heights
    • Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 1:00 PM Place: Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, 100 East Cross St, Ypsilanti
    • Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m., Ruth Peterson Community Center, 990 Joslyn Rd. in Pontiac
    • Thursday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m., Saginaw Hoyt Main Library, 505 Janes Ave. in Saginaw
    • Monday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m., Berston Field House, 3300 N. Saginaw St. in Mt. Morris
    • Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m., Coldwater Branch District Library, 10 E. Chicago St. in Coldwater
    • Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m., Township Meeting Hall, 7275 W. Main St. in Kalamazoo
    • Thursday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m., Niles District Library, 620 E. Main St. in Niles
    • Monday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m., East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Rd. in East Lansing
    • Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m., Michigan Works Ogemaw, 2389 M-76 in West Branch
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