US (AZ): Deadline for state-mandated training to run cannabis business approaching

The deadline to get state-mandated training to run a cannabis dispensary or similar business in Arizona as part of a “social equity ownership program" is fast approaching. Wednesday is the last day for applicants to take free classes so they can try to obtain the 26 licenses set aside for people from communities disproportionately impacted by previous cannabis laws," the Arizona Daily Star reported. Completing the courses is part of the application process.

License applicants must show they have resided for at least three years between 2016 and 2020 in areas identified as disproportionately affected by previous cannabis laws. The state Department of Health Services looked at socioeconomic data to come up with its list of zipcodes that qualify.

Applicants must take the courses about the challenges of a cannabis-oriented business, according to the state Department of Health Services website. All the recorded training sessions are accessible on the site. Anyone can set up an account to watch them, whether they apply for the licenses or not.

“It’s an educational opportunity that all the applicants must take,” said Tom Salow, branch chief for the department. “It’s going to cover a variety of topics. Some of those areas, some folks may need some education on.”

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