Lucky Green Ladies Cannabis Delivery: Social Equity Initiatives

As part of our commitment to positively impact individuals that were disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs and individuals that historically have high barriers to entry, Lucky Green Ladies is proud to introduce our own Social Equity Program (SEP).

The Cannabis Control Commission’s (CCC) SEP is great, and changed the life of our founder and CEO, Alissa Nowak. But the CCC only accepts individuals that have a previous marijuana related arrest and individuals who reside in an area of disproportionate impact. Lucky Green Ladies takes this commitment a step further by also accepting Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) such as women, POC, LGBTQ+, and veterans.

Each year, we’ll accept 50 lucky people to our SEP. Residents from Norton, Mansfield, and Taunton will be given priority. (Norton is our home base. Mansfield & Taunton are areas of disproportionate impact that are closest to us).

Over the course of one year, there are 20 classes, each lasting 2.5 hours. Don’t worry, we don’t want to interfere with your life, so ALL CLASSES WILL BE VIRTUAL. (We love Zoom!).

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Here’s a list of the kick-a*s topics:

Home Delivery & Retail

  • Application and licensing process with CCC
  • Navigating regulations
  • Business compliance with regulations
  • Operating policies and procedures
  • Personnel Policies
  • Facility design, build-out
  • Location search- zoning, square footage
  • Finding a municipality, searching for bylaws/ordinances, point of contact
  • Municipal approval, HCA
  • Community outreach meeting
  • Security
  • Hiring and training- Responsible Vendor Training Program
  • Metrc

Business Training

  • Choosing entity (eg. LLC, Inc)
  • Registering business with MA SOS
    • Good standing, renewing annually
  • Business plan creation
  • Record keeping and maintenance of financial records
  • Raising capital
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Accounting

We’ll Cut to the Chase:

Applicants are eligible for Lucky Green Ladies’ SEP if they demonstrate they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Identify as a: Women, POC, LGBTQ+, or Veteran
  2. Income that does not exceed 400% of Area Median Income and Residency in an Area of Disproportionate Impact, as defined by the Commission, for at least five of the past ten years;
  3. A conviction or continuance without a finding for an offense under M.G.L. c. 94C or an equivalent conviction in Other Jurisdictions;
  4. Proof that the SEP applicant was either married to or the child of an individual convicted or continuance without a finding for a M.G.L. c. 94C offense or an equivalent conviction in Other Jurisdictions;

How to Apply to our Social Equity Program:

  1. Email [email protected]
    1. Subject: Social Equity Program
    2. Body: Please answer the following questions:
      1. What are the barriers/discrimination you feel you have faced upon trying to enter the industry (please provide a short response to each subject):
        1. Government Regulations
        2. Economic Factors
        3. Market Conditions
        4. Training & Skills
        5. Other
      2. Description of any and each drug related offense
      3. What does Social Equity mean to you? And why are you interested in the Social Equity Program?
    3. Attach required documents

Required documents: 

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of Income (please provide one of the following):
    • Most recent W-2
    • 6 months of paystubs
  • Proof of conviction as defined under M.G.L. c. 94C or an equivalent conviction in Other Jurisdictions (please provide one of the following):
    • iCori report
      • Please note: iCori will only show convictions that occurred in MA
    • Background report
    • PDF file of police report
  • Proof of Military Service (if applicable), (please provide one of the following):
    • Military ID Card
    • VA Issued ID Card for Health Care
    • Veterans ID Card
    • Veterans Designation on Driver’s License or State Veterans ID Card
    • Veterans Group Membership Card (VFW, American Legion, DAV, etc.)
  • Proof of LGBTQ+ status (if applicable), (please provide one of the following):
    • Letter from three personal references attesting to LGBTQ status of the applicant
      • In letter, reference person(s) must state their relationship to applicant, years known, and their statement that owner is LGBTQ+
    • Certified copy of domestic partnership registration, civil union certification, or marriage certification
    • Divorce documents
    • Current IRS Form 1040 filed jointly by the business owner(s) and spouse(s)
    • Proof of domestic partnership health insurance utilization
    • Physician/therapist carry letter or letter confirming transgender status
    • Bills and/or forms for gender affirmation surgery
    • Notarized physician letter used to change gender marker on legal documents
    • Court-ordered name change with transgender status cited as reason for change

Additionally, if you need assistance applying to the CCC’s SEP or our SEP, email [email protected] with the subject “HELP Social Equity Program” and a member from our squad will be in touch.

Stuff We Have to Say:

  1. Unfortunately, at this time, our classes are only tailored to
    • Home Delivery (Courier and Operator)
    • Retail/Dispensary
    • Product Manufacturing
    • Third-Party Transportation

    If you’re interested in cultivation, you may still apply, but that’s not our area of expertise. We would be happy to connect you with some of our friends that have more experience than us.

    The SEP is not a license type. Upon completion of this program, participants will have acquired tools and training to apply for and obtain a license through the Cannabis Control Commission. However, completion of the program does not guarantee licensure.

    All material submitted as part of the Social Equity Program will be kept confidential. This means any electronic or written document, communication or other record pertaining to an application for the Social Equity Program that is required to be confidential or protected from disclosure by law which includes, but is not limited to, CORI as defined by 803 CMR 2.02: Definitions, or CHRI as defined in 803 CMR 7.02: Definitions.



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