Marijuana Regulatory Agency Announces November Social Equity Program Educational Sessions

Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-335-LARA (5272)
Email: mediainfo@michigan.gov 

October 24, 2019 – The Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s (MRA) social equity team has announced additional dates, times, and locations for its education and outreach sessions to promote and encourage participation in the licensed marijuana market:

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Place: Booker T. Dozier Recreation Complex, 2025 Middlebelt Rd, Inkster

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Place: Conley Library, 4600 Martin St, Detroit

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Place: Isabella Commission on Aging, 2200 S Lincoln Rd, Mt. Pleasant

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Place: Benton Harbor Public Library, 213 E Wall St, Benton Harbor

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Place: Muskegon Community College, 221 Quarterline Rd, Muskegon (Heights)

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Place: Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, 100 East Cross St, Ypsilanti

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Place: Ruth Peterson Community Center, 990 Joslyn Rd, Pontiac

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Place: Saginaw Hoyt Main Library, 505 Janes Ave, Saginaw

Date: Monday, November 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Place: Berston Field House, 3300 N. Saginaw St, Flint (Mt. Morris)

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Place: Coldwater Branch District Library, 10 E Chicago St, Coldwater

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Place: The Township Meeting Hall, 7275 W. Main St, Kalamazoo

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Place: Niles District Library, 620 East Main St, Niles

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Place: East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing

Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Place: Michigan Works Ogemaw, 2389 M-76, West Branch

While attendance is free, space is limited. Interested participants need to register at the following website: http://bit.ly/MRA-SE-Events

During the social equity education and outreach sessions, 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.

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, which will be calculated as follows for qualifying applicants:

  • A 25% reduction for those who have been a resident of one of the disproportionally impacted communities for the past five years AND whose marijuana establishments will be in one of the identified disproportionately impacted communities.
  • An additional 25% reduction if the individual(s) holding majority ownership have been a resident of one of the identified disproportionally impacted communities for the past five years AND have a marijuana-related conviction.
  • An additional 10% reduction if the individual(s) holding majority ownership have been a resident of one of the identified disproportionally impacted communities for the past five years AND were registered as primary caregivers for at least two years between 2008 and 2017.

Social Equity Representatives will confirm eligibility for participation in this program through acceptance of several forms of documentation.

Beginning November 1, 2019, the online Adult-Use Application will be available to the public to complete and submit to the MRA. During the Social Equity education and outreach sessions, assistance will be provided with the online Adult-Use Application to Social Equity Program participants who sign up prior to the education session.

The Adult-Use Application assistance will be available at the following locations: Detroit, Pontiac, Niles, and East Lansing. Attendees can sign up by selecting the event for the session they plan to attend and choosing a ticket for the specific time. The Social Equity team will continue providing one-on-one assistance with the Social Equity application at all education and outreach session locations.

More education and outreach sessions for the MRA’s Social Equity Program will be added for the month of December; check the MRA website for more information.

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