Seattle mayor inks trio of bills to increase number of minority-owned pot shops

In an effort to address equity in the cannabis industry, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed three bills into law today to help foster a more diverse workforce while increasing support for cannabis store workers.

The first bill lays the groundwork for future cannabis-related businesses, in collaboration with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, to issue licenses through a social equity framework.

While approximately two-thirds of Washington’s population is white, 85% of marijuana growing and processing businesses in the state are majority white-owned, according to reports from the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board. Black people have a majority stake in only 1% of the state’s cannabis producing and processing businesses.

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