Attention Current and Prospective Denver Marijuana Business Owners! New Application Requirements - We Can Help!
Per Denver’s newly adopted regulations surrounding social equity, new business applicants and renewal applications alike must now include a completed Social Impact Plan for every licensee of every license type, both medical and retail. The form includes a number of new narrative questions and requests new demographic information about the neighborhoods surrounding your facility. Because this is the first round of applications where this information is required, many (especially renewal applicants) may be surprised by the extra research involved and the amount of time it may take to develop a workable plan and properly prepare the form.
For example, applicants must list the name and contact information of all registered neighborhood organizations whose boundaries encompass the location of the licensed premises and a plan for engaging with each of them. On the form, applicants must also include detailed plans and goals with measurable milestones for:
directing and responding to questions from members of the community;
promoting diversity and inclusion in hiring and employment;
fostering participation in the regulated marijuana industry by people from communities that have been disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement; and
any additional social impact efforts.
Finally, applicants must explain how this social impact plan can be made available to the public in accordance with Section 6-280(g) of the Denver Revised Municipal Code.
RZA Legal has developed a system to assist you in developing your compliant Social Impact Plan to ensure your application is not rejected for being incomplete! We have studied cannabis social equity programs across the country and have suggestions for best practices to aid you in developing an effective social equity policy for your business.
As always, we are happy to answer your questions and assist you through the entire cannabis licensing application process, as well as helping you prepare an effective and compliant Social Impact Plan. Schedule a consultation by clicking here.
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