A state panel on Thursday approved five cannabis retail dispensaries as part of Connecticut’s social equity initiative intended to benefit Black and other underrepresented communities.
The applicants approved by the Connecticut Social Equity Council will be referred to the state Department of Consumer Protection for the next step in the licensing process. They will be identified following that step.
The council denied one social equity retail application and approved a recommendation that nine Equity Joint Venture applications be denied, primarily due to ownership and control issues. The applications are opportunities for medical-use providers to convert to adult-use cannabis.
It’s the second round of recommendations by the Social Equity Council, which two weeks ago approved Connecticut’s first cannabis growers as part of Connecticut’s social equity program. Of 41 applications received, 16 were approved and forwarded to state consumer protection officials for a background check.
“I am proud of the progress the SEC continues to make in reviewing social equity applications and creating opportunities for those are ready for a seat at the table. The adult use cannabis industry is alive and moving forward,” Ginne-Rae Clay, SEC executive director, said in a statement.