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Judge dismisses legal challenge to state's social equity business license rules for cannabis sales

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state’s rules for implementing a program to award social equity business under Arizona’s 2020 law legalizing recreational marijuana.

The ruling issued Tuesday by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall Warner said the rules published by the state Department of Health Services satisfy the broad mandates set under the voter-approved law put on the ballot through an initiative campaign.

The potentially lucrative social equity licenses will be issued under the law’s provision to set aside 26 licenses for “people from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of previous marijuana laws.”