Connecticut deserves credit for making social equity the cornerstone of the legal adult cannabis industry in the state. Other states that legalized before Connecticut had language in their laws that recognized how previous cannabis laws had disproportionately and negatively impacted low-income communities of color more than income-white communities. higher. Connecticut has learned that if you want to compensate these communities, there must be specific regulations to address these past wrongs by creating real opportunity for these disproportionately affected parts of our community.
Connecticut’s cannabis law creates “social equity” licensees. These are Connecticut residents who now live in low-income census tracts or who lived in those census tracts in their youth. Social Equity Licensees must also have a household income less than three times the median household income in the state to be eligible.