New York regulators appoint social equity director

The  NY Cannabis Control Board approved Damian Fagon to become the Chief Equity Officer for the Office of Cannabis Management

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Many industry officials characterized a chief equity officer as the linchpin to achieving the state’s goal of issuing 50% of adult-use licenses to equity applicants, including individuals from communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.

“Damian’s background as a leader in New York’s Black farmer community, his knowledge of the industry, and his efforts to support farming communities around the world uniquely position him to develop our equity program,” Cannabis Control Board Chair Tremaine Wright said, according to the Advance.

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