Michigan MRA looking to increase diversity in marijuana industry

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Appreciate All Flowers by candiwallace68Michigan Radio reports that the Michigan MRA is considering changes to increase diversity in our marijuana business landscape:

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) says about 5% of Michigan’s recreational cannabis businesses are owned by African Americans or Latinos.

To increase that percentage, the agency’s Racial Equity Advisory Workgroup is recommending a number of regulatory changes including a crowdfunding platform and expanding microbusiness licenses.

Workgroup member C. Cimone Casson says having a level playing field that creates a fair market is important.

“Diversity makes profit in every sense of the word,” Casson told reporters Monday.

Some of the proposals can be put in place by the agency. Others will need legislative approval.

Proposals to impose a new tax to assist the agency’s social equity program will likely face some opposition within Michigan’s marijuana industry. But MRA Director Andrew Brisbo believes the recommendations will benefit the industry.

“There’s room in this industry in Michigan for businesses of all sizes,” says Brisbo, “And I think it creates a more stable effective market if we do have businesses of various sizes that are participating.”

More from Michigan Radio. You can also view the social equity program expansion on the MRA website.

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