MJBiz - November/December 2023 - 11

FIVE QUESTIONS
is it to my other locations so that
I can provide tactical and strategic
support?
You are speaking at the
Women's Leadership Forum.
Is the industry doing enough
to elevate women leaders?
There is always opportunity for
additional change. I think that
we have scratched the surface, to
be honest, on women executives.
We still hold a very, very low
percentage that is not reflective of
our consumer base. That's where it's
baffling to me.
It is going to be a longer time
period before we see more of that
50-50 (breakdown in the C-suite).
I'm a huge proponent of supporting
women in this industry. We still
have a long way to go, and I really
look forward to seeing that change.
Some Arizona social equity
license holders struggled
to open by deadline. How can
we improve social equity?
These timelines are set so that people
don't just sit on the license. And
obviously, we want to make the best
use of those and provide access to
patients and customers, as expected.
I think we're straddling two different
visions: The regulatory body
is setting boundaries and asking
people to meet those demands, yet
you've got social equity applicants
that don't necessarily have access
to the capital markets or the cash
needed to build out. The pressure
for them to meet those demands is
extremely high.
If the state was truly interested
in allowing social equity applicants
to get off the ground and operate
their businesses, it should be
allowing for reasonable extensions
and working with applicants to
stand up their operations. Because
otherwise, we've just given a lottery
ticket to 26 people and really
are not backing the social costs of
what was intended.
Where states can be a little bit
more helpful is working hand in
hand to get those businesses off
the ground and supported.
Existing operators have been
working the system for years and
understand the ins and outs, but
a social equity applicant is coming
in cold turkey. If there were better
resources from the regulatory side
to advise and support the social
equity applicants, I think that
would be extremely helpful.
This interview has been edited for
length and clarity.
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