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Cannabis Lottery Flaws

The cannabis industry faces challenges in its regulatory framework, particularly in the allocation of licenses. A thought-provoking article, Connecticut Cannabis Lottery Flaws, published by Respect My Region, a lifestyle and urban culture platform, casts a critical eye on the blind lottery approach to licensing. It raises concerns about revenue transparency, license limitations, and the efficacy of social equity initiatives. 

Equity and Fairness in Licensing

Cannabis consultant and our former Managing Director, Julio Soriagalvarro, provides a keen analysis of data released by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP). His insights, as highlighted in the RMR article, question the use of the lottery system, in conjunction with license caps, as not equitable. Furthermore, these cannabis lottery flaws undermine the goal of issuing social equity licenses to those who stand to benefit most. 

A Question of Revenue and License Allocation

Connecticut’s approach to cannabis licensing involved a lottery system with a limited number of available licenses, which has generated significant revenue for the state. With over 15,000 applications and a non-refundable submission fee, the cannabis lottery system in Connecticut produced over $8 million in revenue for the state. However, the DCP did not specify where or how they would allocate that revenue. This lack of transparency raises questions about the state’s commitment to further the objectives of its cannabis program.

Cannabis Lottery Flaws

The DCP’s adult-use cannabis program permits applicants to apply multiple times for various license types. However, if a lottery-selected applicant already possesses two or more licenses of the same type or in the same license category, the DCP will not award additional licenses to them. Submission fees are non-returnable. In conjunction with the limited number of licenses, this stipulation exposes major cannabis lottery flaws across state programs.

It also poses a significant barrier to smaller business and social equity applicants. They might not have the resources to compete with more established companies, who can afford to submit applications to the limit allowed in every category. Thus, the big players can improve their chances of winning a license or multiple licenses across the state.

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Kristina Pardue

Author Kristina Pardue

Kristina is a grant writer, marketing, and cannabis licensing writer with over 20 years of experience in the arts and sciences. Graduating as an Interdisciplinary Echols Scholar from the University of Virginia, she later received a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to writing and artwork, Kristina enjoys equestrian eventing, hiking, and exploring. A mother of two, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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