First marijuana dispensary operating under ‘equity’ guidelines set to open in Arlington – KING5.com

ARLINGTON, Wash. — Employees at Arlington’s Cloud 9 Cannabis Company are practicing for when they open to the public in a few days.

Call it a test run for THC.

They spent Monday fine-tuning their retail skills and learning operations.

Dennis Turner is one of 44 new minority dispensary owners across the state.

“We came up with Cloud 9 Cannabis,” Turner said. “It was a dream and we won.”

The State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) developed an equity program in 2020. Cloud 9 is the first dispensary to open under it.

Critics said equity should’ve been on the table from the beginning when recreational marijuana was legalized 12 years ago.

Turner agrees, but for now, he’s just happy to have reached this point.

“It’s exciting just to be the one who goes first and say this is what social equity looks like,” Turner said. 

The main purpose of the program is to help people of color profit from pot instead of being punished for it. 

Minority communities have historically had higher rates of incarceration due to drug laws,

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