Ami Kachalia, a campaign strategist with the ACLU of New Jersey, suggested the commission establish a social equity applicant license status. That would prioritize people who have lived in cities and towns most hurt by marijuana prohibition, have been arrested themselves for marijuana or are in the immediate family of someone who was to become owners in the cannabis industry.
She also said the commission should set aside grants for those people as well as minorities.
Precious Osagie-Erese of Roll Up Life Inc., a delivery service, said starting a delivery company can be a good way for minorities to enter the industry and build generational wealth — if the regulations don’t make operating too expensive.
“Delivery has a chance to balance equity,” she said. “Delivery models … often face huge issues being profitable,” particularly when it comes to costly insurance.
Reported by Amanda Hoover | NJ Advance Media For NJ.com