West Virginia Cannabis Regulators Called Out for “All White and Male Led” License Approvals

Great report from Ganjapreneur highlighting the fact that in West Virginia diversity isn’t the word of the day, the month or the year.

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In a letter to West Virginia’s top cannabis regulator, the Democratic Women’s Caucus of the House of Delegates said they are concerned that forthcoming processor and dispensary licensees will follow the same trend as the grower permits – “all white and male led businesses.”

– The Democratic Women’s Caucus of the West Virginia House of Delegates sent a letter to Jason Frame, Director of the DHHR Office of Medical Cannabis, today,
The letter urges the Office to prioritize businesses owned or led by minorities, BIPOC and women as the office reviews Medical Cannabis dispensary and processor permits.
“We encourage the Office of Medical Cannabis to consider diversity in ownership as they review applications for the program to ensure that minorities, BIPOC and women are given a chance to succeed in this new sector of West Virginia’s economy,” Delegate Cindy Lavender-Bowe (D-Greenbrier) said. Delegate Lavender-Bowe chairs the Democratic Women’s Caucus.
Additional members of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus are Delegate Sammi Brown (D-Jefferson), Delegate Amanda Estep-Burton (D-Kanawha), Delegate Barbara Fleischauer (D-Monongalia), Delegate Linda Longstreth (D-Marion), Delegate Margaret Staggers (D-Fayette), Delegate Danielle Walker (D-Monongalia) and Delegate Lisa Zukoff (D-Marshall).
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The letter to Jason Frame, director of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medical Cannabis, notes that none of the owners of the 10 businesses approved to cultivate cannabis for the program are female, minority, or BIPOC.

The signatories call for more “transparency on who is making these decisions and if diversity in ownership is part of the conversation.”

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West Virginia Cannabis Regulators Called Out for “All White and Male Led” License Approvals

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