Black Missourians seek entry to marijuana industry – St. Louis Public Radio

As Missouri contemplates several proposals to legalize recreational marijuana, Black entrepreneurs — many of whom struggled to get awarded (or were denied) medical marijuana dispensary licenses — are urging voters to look at the fine print.

Marne Madison invested about $80,000 trying to secure a medical dispensary license in Missouri, only to see her application rejected.

“This was not a program created to include people like myself,” she told St. Louis on the Air.

Madison would like to see the state get it right when it comes to recreational weed. She noted that, in addition to large application fees, Missouri’s medical marijuana application program limited participation by capping the amount of dispensary licenses that were awarded.

Black Missourians seek entry to marijuana industry

Exit-Now Executive Director Marne Madison discusses Missouri’s cannabis industry, while Adrienne Scales-Williams and Jamila Owens-Todd of Luxury Leaf share their story as Black women working in medical marijuana.

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“Having a $350,000 capital liquid liquidation requirement, [Missouri] immediately excluded so many people like myself,” she said. “Ultimately, not having enough dispensary or cultivation licenses to award was the downfall for most of us.” She

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