Cannabis cafes, crackdown on local fees among reforms headed to House
Check out Equitable Opportunities Now Co-Founder Shanel Lindsay’s comments to Dan Adams in the Boston Globe regarding the state Senate’s passage of a historic omnibus cannabis bill that will create a new Cannabis Social Equity Trust Fund…
Equitable Opportunities Now, an advocacy group that successfully lobbied the Legislature in 2017 to strengthen the equity provisions of the legalization law, said it hoped the forthcoming House version of the legislation would increase the amount of pot tax revenue that is steered to the loan fund.
“We are excited and thankful to the Senate for pushing this bill forward, but disappointed by the low allocation to the equity fund,” said Shanel Lindsay, the group’s cofounder. “We’re going to be looking to the members of the House to … support social equity and economic empowerment businesses by dedicating at least 25 percent of cannabis taxes to the fund and increasing incentives for cities and towns to finally put equity first.”