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Marijuana social equity technical assistance competitive grant program.

(1) The marijuana social equity technical assistance competitive grant program is established and is to be administered by the department.
(2) The marijuana social equity technical assistance competitive grant program must award grants on a competitive basis to marijuana retailer license applicants who are social equity applicants submitting social equity plans under RCW 69.50.335. The department must award grants primarily based on the strength of the social equity plans submitted by applicants but may also consider additional criteria if deemed necessary or appropriate by the department. Technical assistance activities eligible for funding under the marijuana social equity technical assistance competitive grant program include, but are not limited to:
(a) Assistance navigating the marijuana retailer licensure process;
(b) Marijuana-business specific education and business plan development;
(c) Regulatory compliance training;
(d) Financial management training and assistance in seeking financing; and
(e) Connecting social equity applicants with established industry members and tribal marijuana enterprises and programs for mentoring and other forms of support approved by the [Washington state liquor and cannabis] board.
(3) Funding for the marijuana social equity technical assistance competitive grant program must be provided through the dedicated marijuana account under RCW 69.50.540. Additionally, the department may solicit, receive, and expend private contributions to support the grant program.
(4) The department may adopt rules to implement this section.

NOTES:

FindingsIntent2020 c 236: See note following RCW 69.50.335.
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