“Social equity must be equitable.”
Since cannabis became legal in June of 2019, I worked tirelessly to ensure the mandate of social equity remains at the forefront of the policies, amendments, and application of The Illinois Cannabis Recreation and Tax Act. In my current role, I worked to create the Cook County Cannabis Commission, the only county cannabis commission in the entire state, which works with both the State and local municipalities.
I continue to develop programs and initiatives pushing for social equity applicants to have an equitable opportunity to do business in the County. I firmly believe all levels of government, especially the State, must continue to remove artificial barriers which keep those disproportionately impacted from participating in this new industry.
I plan to continue and expand my work so Illinois continues to be a national leader in legalized cannabis.