Marijuana Regulatory Agency Announces Eleven Social Equity Program Educational Sessions Across the State

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Email: mediainfo@michigan.gov 

August 29, 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:

  • Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Detroit
    Wayne Community College
    801 W. Fort St., Detroit MI
    Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Detroit
     
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM in East Lansing
    East Lansing Public Library
    950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI
    Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-EastLansing
     
  • Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Inkster
    Inkster Booker Dozier Recreation Complex
    2025 Middlebelt, Inkster, MI
    Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Inkster
     
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Kalamazoo
    Kalamazoo Public Library 3rd Floor
    10:00 AM | 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo
    Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Kalamazoo
     
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Benton Harbor
    Benton Harbor Michigan Works The Anchor Rooms
    499 W Main St., Benton Harbor, MI
    Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-BentonHarbor
     
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Flint/Mt. Morris
    Flint Berston Fieldhouse
    3300 N. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI
    Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Flint
     
  • Monday, September 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Pontiac
    Pontiac Public Library
    60 East Pike Street, Pontiac, MI
    Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Pontiac
     
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Saginaw
    Saginaw Main Library
    Hoyt 505 Janes Avenue, Saginaw, MI
    Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Saginaw
     
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Niles
    Niles District Library
    620 E Main St, Niles, MI
    Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Niles
     
  • Friday, September 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Muskegon/Muskegon Heights
    Muskegon Community College
    221 Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, MI
    Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Muskegon
     
  • Monday, September 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM in Ypsilanti
    Ypsilanti District Library
    5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti, MI
    Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Ypsilanti
     

While attendance is free, space is limited, and interested participants need to register. More education and outreach sessions for the MRA’s Social Equity Program will be added soon; check the MRA website for more information.

During the visit, the MRA will provide educational sessions regarding the social equity program and the application and licensure process. The MRA’s social equity representatives will be available to assist individuals with completing the social equity application, which will allow the MRA to determine if the individual qualifies for participation in the program.

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:

  • 25% reduction for those who have been a resident of one of the 19 disproportionally impacted communities for the past five years AND whose marijuana establishments will be located in disproportionately impacted communities.
  • An additional 25% reduction if the individual(s) holding majority ownership have been a resident of one of the 19 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 19 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.

Section 8 of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (2018) required the MRA to develop “a plan to promote and encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement and to positively impact those communities.”

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