Boston Cannabis Equity Program
In November 2019, the City of Boston passed an "Ordinance Establishing Equitable Regulation of the Cannabis Industry in the City of Boston", establishing the Boston Cannabis Board (BCB) and the Boston Cannabis Equity Program.
To achieve equity, the program prioritizes applicants and licensees from backgrounds and neighborhoods most affected by the War on Drugs with a particular focus on people of:
- Black and African American
- Hispanic and Latino
- Indigenous, and
- Asian descent
Please Note: While the Boston Cannabis Equity Program works closely with and overlaps the BCB process, the BCB is an independent board responsible for overseeing and issuing all cannabis licenses in the City of Boston. The BCB does not oversee the Boston Cannabis Equity Program. However, to participate in the Boston Cannabis Equity Program, you must first submit your Cannabis Establishment Application to the BCB for review.
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Provides financial assistance through grant funding for various business needs. This includes but is not limited to:
- working capital,
- legal fees,
- startup costs,
- equipment purchases, and
- much more
Please Note: No purchases of product or paraphernalia may be made with grant funds.
Provides comprehensive, personalized one-on-one services, and project support. This includes but is not limited to:
- support through the application process,
- development of business plans,
- Site surveys & distance certifications
- accounting, and tax preparedness,
- help with legal compliance,
- marketing, branding, website support, and
- much more.
Are you a qualified industry expert? You can become a TA provider for this program by responding to the public Request for Proposals (RFP) at the City's Supplier Portal.
Access the City's Supplier Portal online. The RFP number is EV00009089.
Cannabis Equity resources
Boston Cannabis Equity Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Learn more about the Boston Cannabis Equity Program and how to apply.
Boston Cannabis Board
Boston's newly-created Cannabis Board will strengthen the City's focus on equity in the new cannabis industry.
Boston Cannabis Licensing Process Flow
Cannabis Licensing Process Flow
Boston Cannabis Equity Resource Contact List
A list containing pro-bono and low-bono resources available for cannabis businesses.