Colorado’s Cannabis Business Office to promote social equity

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DENVER | Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has announced the creation of a Cannabis Business Office to promote social equity, provide financial and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and create jobs in the state’s $2.2 billion marijuana industry.

The office was authorized by legislation passed during the Legislature’s 2021 session that provides an initial $4 million from the state’s marijuana cash tax fund for its operations.

In part, it will provide microloans and grants for seed money for capital and business expenses, as well as planning advice and other support for business owners, especially in economically disadvantaged areas. It will assist business owners, especially people of color, whose past marijuana arrests or convictions barred their entry into the industry.

The office falls under the jurisdiction of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and Trade.

Pot remains illegal federally, which can make loans and other banking services difficult to find for those getting a foothold in the industry.

“The Cannabis Business Office shows our administration’s focus on growing this thriving industry that supports jobs and our economy,” the Democratic governor said in a statement Wednesday. “Where the federal government has fallen behind, Colorado will lead. Colorado is, and always has been, the best place to live, work, grow and sell cannabis.”

Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2012.

 

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1 month ago

Racism under the guise of social equity

Dennis Duffy
Dennis Duffy
1 month ago

What a crock. The state spent decades sending people who liked to smoke pot to prison bit when the time came for those same people who had suffered under the states laws to attempt to start in the Legal pot business, they were thwarted by big business and greedy tax collectors. Ridiculous fees and inconsistent regulations that only those with deep pockets, read sudden corporations founded by those same people who put others in prison, could afford. Now those who suffered and went to prison get jobs cleaning pot or sweeping the floor.
As soon as these scummy politicians could get their slimy hands greased with the green of cash then the green of pot was okay….