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WHAT HAPPENED IN MISSOURI? AMERICA’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA LICENSING PROCESS EXPLAINED

October 29, 2020

The struggle to control medical marijuana licenses & market share in Missouri has been hotly contested since at least 2014. This has led to 5 diverging campaign groups differing over access to licensing and strategy during the time period 2014-2018.
In November 2018, Missouri voters approved New Approach Missouri’s initiative petition, Constitutional Amendment 2, implementing medical marijuana in Missouri (now Amendment XIV to the Missouri Constitution). In January 2020, some 1800 out of 2200 license applications were denied, sparking a public controversy & legislative investigations into the process.

ARIZONA'S ADULT USE LEGALIZATION BILL  LOOKS TO PERPETUATE CRONYISM IN MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSING: ECONOMIC LIBERTY CONCERNS WITH ARIZONA’S PROPOSITION 207 FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

June 9, 2019

A July 8, 2020 poll by OH Prediction Insights shows that Arizonans back legal marijuana by a 62% supermajority. However, the likely vehicle for accomplishing this aim, Proposition 207, which will be on the November 3, 2020 general election ballot, includes a number of provisions restricting ordinary entrepreneurs from being awarded commercial marijuana licenses at a time where “social equity” or “equal opportunity” in cannabis is beginning to receive interest.

ENDURING RACIAL DISPARITY AFTER CANNABIS POLICY REFORM

December 2016

Executive Director, Larisa Bolivar, researched the disparity in cannabis from 2014-2016 launching her career in social equity. In her this, Ms. Bolivar argues that the best way to address the disparity in the cannabis industry is to create grants and loans for cannabis businesses out of cannabis tax revenue, which has been proposed around the nation.

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