From left to right:  Zsa Zsa Simone Brown, Shakirah Martinez, Celestial Rodriguez and Blake Humphrey make up the members of Acre 41, a group of Black, professional, cannabis-industry entrepreneurs who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Health Services over its current “social equity” dispensary ownership rules.

The state of Arizona will be selecting the recipients of 26 special “social equity” dispensary licenses in early 2022.

Edward Celaya

The state’s plan to issue 26 “social equity” marijuana dispensary licenses early next year could be delayed after a lawsuit aimed at preventing established cannabis companies from acquiring the licenses was filed.

The complaint, filed last week in Maricopa County Superior Court, claims the requirements laid out in Proposition 207, which legalized adult-use marijuana in-state, are being violated by the state health department’s current

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