Officials from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) released the names of 16 adult-use cannabis cultivation license applicants on July 19 that they plan to move forward with in a review process.
The announcement came a week after the 16 businesses were approved by the state’s Social Equity Council for satisfactorily meeting the requirements set forth by state law to qualify for the Disproportionately Impacted Area (DIA) cultivator license type.
Selected from a pool of 41 applications—from a one-time application period of three months— the social equity licensees must own or control at least 65% of the qualifying business, as well as meet income and residency requirements outlined in the law. Specifically, individuals who applied for the licenses must have resided in a DIA for at least five of the past 10 years or at least nine years before the age of 18.
“These important steps mean Connecticut cannabis cultivation will be primarily operated by people from those communities identified as disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs, who qualified as social equity applicants,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a DCP press release Tuesday.
“While there is still a lot of work to be done, we are establishing Connecticut as a leader in addressing the inequities and injustices caused by cannabis prohibition,” he said. “We are ensuring those communities most harmed have an opportunity to be leaders in this newly regulated industry.”
The DIA businesses that were approved by the Social Equity Council and have