Florida currently has four provisions that arguably provide for some level of social equity in the marijuana industry: (1) reserving one of the ten licenses that were supposed to be available in 2017 for a Black farmer that was a class member of Pigford v. Glickman 185 F.R.D 82 (D.D.C. 1999); (2) requiring applicants to have strong diversity plans; (3) requiring applicants’ management, ownership, and employment to reflect an involvement of minorities and veterans (a similar provision is included in SB210, a bill recently proposed by Senator Thurston); and (4) allocating $10 of the identification card fee to the Division of Research at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University for the purpose of educating minorities about marijuana for medical use and the impact of the unlawful use of marijuana on minority communities.
Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is organized as a non profit organization with its corporate office based in Orlando Florida. The organization is structured as a 501c3 with a full Executive Team and Board of Directors who support the organization’s overall goals and strategic direction. The organization was established in May 2016 and currently has 27 state directors throughout the country. M4MM’s mission is focused on providing advocacy, outreach, research, and training as it relates to the business, social reform, public policy, and health /wellness in the cannabis industry.