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Mass. Cannabis Equity Council Policy State Legislation What's Happening

YOU DID IT! Help build on our progress for cannabis equity…

Last week, MSO lobbyists and a few politically connected operators tried to change the rules so that the biggest, most profitable companies could get even ore of the Commonwealth’s cannabis industry.

MSO lobbyists are no match for the power of your voice. Thanks to supporters like you who spoke up to protect competition and equity in the Massachusetts cannabis industry, the proposal was defeated — for now.

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Mass. Cannabis Equity Council Policy State Legislation What's Happening

Speak out NOW: Ask your electeds to protect cannabis equity from MSO market consolidation

Please tell your legislators and Gov. Healey to oppose any effort to rush a major change in cannabis industry rules through at the end of session without even having a hearing!

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Cannabis equity businesses & advocates celebrate House rejection of amendment to change license cap

Following an outcry from cannabis equity owners and advocates, the House elected not to adopt Amendment 10 to H. 4789, the economic development bill under consideration.

In response, Equitable Opportunities Now Policy Co-Chair Kevin Gilnack issued the following statement…

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Policy State Legislation What's Happening

SIGN ON: Add your name to our letter urging Senators to protect cannabis equity businesses

Join us in telling State Senators to oppose any effort to rush a major change in cannabis industry rules through at the end of session without even having a hearing!

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Mass. Cannabis Equity Council Policy State Legislation

ALERT: Email Your State Rep ASAP to protect equity businesses from MSO market consolidation

There is an effort playing out TODAY in Massachusetts to weaken one of the strongest protections for cannabis equity businesses in the Commonwealth — potentially devaluing their licenses and starting a race to the bottom for the benefit of MSOs and a handful of operators.

The amendment could be debated today or tomorrow, so please use the instructions below to email your State Representative ASAP — then follow up with a call!

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Cannabis equity business owners, EON oppose license cap change amendment to Eco Dev bill

We sent the following letter to House leaders on behalf of our EON and our Massachusetts Cannabis Equity Council, an advisory committee of Economic Empowerment and Social Equity Program owners, stressing our objection to the license cap amendment and in support of several that would positively impact the entire industry.

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Cannabis equity businesses and Equitable Opportunities Now team up to oppose license cap changes & address industry challenges

“The Commonwealth’s license cap is vital to protecting a competitive market and our legally mandated mission to foster equitable participation in this new market,” said EON Policy Co-Chair and MCEC founding member Armani White, who owns provisionally licensed Firehouse. “With lobbyists and lawyers for large multistate operators working with a handful of business leaders to undermine small business protections, it’s vital for cannabis equity businesses to have a voice in the policymaking process.”

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Mass. Cannabis Equity Council Policy State Legislation What's Happening

Ask your Legislators to support EON funding in the FY25 budget!

A Conference Committee is currently negotiating differences between the House and Senate budgets right now, and YOUR legislators need to hear from you!

Use this form to ask your State Representative and State Senator to urge the Conference Committee to include EON’s funding in the FY25 budget.

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Cannabis Control Commission What's Happening

CCC Accepting Applications for Next Executive Director until June 15

The Cannabis Control Commission has launched its search for a new executive director. Learn more and spread the word to encourage talented, diverse candidates to apply!

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Cannabis Control Commission Municipal Licensing Equity Policy What's Happening

EON suggests enhancements to Model Municipal Equity By-Law or Ordinance, applauds CCC public comment periods

In response to the Cannabis Control Commission’s call for public comments regarding its draft Model Municipal Equity By-Law or Ordinance, EON submitted the following public comment.