CHICAGO (CBS)> – Minority entrepreneurs could soon find a better entry into the marijuana industry thanks to legislation just passed the Illinois House of Representatives.
HB 1443 creates more than 100 new pot shop licenses and gives colored people a fair chance to win them during the lottery process.
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It was introduced by State Representative LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago).
CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported last month that as the state continued to gross in millions, government delays had prevented a single minority-owned pot store opening.
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The state is almost a year behind on these new licenses, and those delays continue – the state’s social justice plan is more than a year in the works to achieve legalization.
Governor JB Pritzker welcomed the House’s proposal.
“As a state that values our laws to reflect our diverse communities, we must ensure that social justice is at the heart of everything we do – and that means building on our work today, the most equity-focused cannabis law in the world EU to adopt nation, “Pritzker said in a press release. “By approving additional lotteries aimed at social justice applicants, we are ensuring that abandoned and abandoned communities are given new opportunities to access the cannabis industry. This legislation also ensures that those least likely to have already set foot in the industry will see a bigger slice of the pie. I would like to thank Representative La Shawn K. Ford, all co-sponsors, and all of the supporters for seeing this legislation through the House. I look forward to the Senate’s support in this step toward Illinois that our residents deserve. “
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Legislation now goes to the Senate.