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Boston.com - Boston Councilors Consider Whether Marijuana, Liquor Stores Should Be Banned Near Addiction Treatment Centers

Bostoncom - Boston Councilors Consider Whether Marijuana Liquor Stores Should Be Banned Near Addiction Treatment Centers

City Councilor Kim Janey has unveiled a proposal aimed at ensuring that Boston’s expected to be lucrative marijuana industry is equitable and fair for minority owners, in part by issuing business licenses only to qualifying equity applicants for a two-year period.

The ordinance, which includes the formation of a “Boston Cannabis Board,” spells out the creation of a city-run equity program aimed at prioritizing local residents over large companies.

Janey, councilor of District 7, told fellow officials Wednesday the proposal would give important assurance that as recreational marijuana establishments begin to set up shop in Boston, minorities who were disproportionately incarcerated for drug crimes have a fair chance to take advantage of a booming industry...

updated: 2 weeks ago