Consumers in Michigan have even more options to purchase cannabis with the launch of a new license type for marijuana business operators announced recently by state regulators. And responding to calls for the Massachusetts cannabis industry to be more inclusive, the new delivery licenses will only be available to applicants participating in the state’s social equity and economic empowerment programs for at least three years.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission announced on May 28 that economic empowerment applicants and social equity program participants were eligible to apply for pre-certification and licensure as marijuana delivery operators. The new licenses were authorized last year after a public hearing and public comment period revealed strong support for cannabis industry opportunities reserved for members of underserved communities and those impacted by the War on Drugs.

“The availability of the Marijuana Delivery Operator license is a major development to the agency’s ongoing commitment to ensure meaningful participation in the legal industry by individuals who have been disproportionately impacted by previous marijuana prohibition, as well as efforts to combat unregulated cannabis delivery happening throughout the Commonwealth,” the CCC wrote in a statement from the regulatory agency.

Businesses licensed as marijuana delivery operators are permitted to purchase cannabis products from

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