ELEVATE Partners with Cannabis Control Commission for Social Equity Program Outreach

BOSTON, August 11, 2021 – ELEVATE Northeast Events and Education, Inc. (“ELEVATE”), a 501(c)3 nonprofit cannabis education and community outreach organization, announced it is partnering with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) as a Preferred Social Equity Outreach Vendor. In this role ELEVATE will help the CCC spread awareness and facilitate enrollment in the third cohort of the CCC’s Social Equity Program (SEP).

The SEP is a free technical assistance and training program that creates sustainable pathways into the Massachusetts cannabis industry for individuals most impacted by the War on Drugs, marijuana prohibition, disproportionate arrest, and incarceration. Participants receive education, skill-based training, and tools to help position them for success in the industry across four areas: entrepreneurship, managerial-level workforce development, re-entry and entry-level workforce development, and ancillary business support. Upon completion, participants will have acquired tools and training to apply for a license through the CCC, as well as expedited license application review for individuals who maintain 10% ownership in the business.

The deadline to apply for enrollment in the SEP’s third cohort is Friday, September 17, 2021. Application details can be found at masscannabiscontrol.com/equity-programs/

“Reaching outside the cannabis industry’s inner circle has always been a hallmark of ELEVATE Northeast’s outreach strategy,” said TaShonda Vincent-Lee, director of community outreach at ELEVATE. “That’s how we break stigma and that’s how we make those who could most benefit from the SEP and other programs aware and connected to the opportunities. We are honored to partner with the CCC as a preferred vendor to spread awareness about the SEP.”

About ELEVATE Northeast Events and Education

ELEVATE Northeast Events and Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to support the regional cannabis industry’s need for workforce and community education, advocacy and networking in a professional and inviting atmosphere. And because cannabis businesses cannot succeed without inclusion of multiple perspectives, an educated community, and informed customer base, ELEVATE’s mission is to empower underrepresented populations to work and lead in the cannabis industry, and to empower our communities to be educated customers and responsible consumers. Learn more at elevatene.org.

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