SOCIAL EQUITY & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
The MRTMA Social Equity program creates a great opportunity for those that have been disproportionately impacted by marihuana prohibition and enforcement by incentivizing Marihuana Establishments and Municipalities to create programs to assist in promoting the objectives of the Social Equity program.
The Woods Cultivation operates an Adult Use grower establishment in the City of Kalamazoo, which has been picked as one of the Social Equity Communities identified by the MRA. The Woods Cultivation is committed to promoting the objectives of the Social Equity Program and will further those objectives by implementing the following programs.
KALAMAZOO RESIDENT EMPLOYMENT RECRUITING & DEVOLPMENT
One of the main tenets of the MRTMA Social Equity Program is to promote involvement into the Michigan Marihuana industry. Therefore, The Woods will look to hire potential employees who are residents from the City of Kalamazoo and other Social Equity communities. The Woods provides comprehensive benefits to employees which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance; Paid Time Off; extensive training and education opportunities. As we continue to grow, The Woods will look to host job fairs and recruitment events within the City of Kalamazoo.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
As one of the few companies in the Cannabis industry with minority ownership, The Woods has made a commitment to having a diverse workforce and encouraging diversity and inclusion in the cannabis industry. The Woods will continue this commitment as they move forward and transition employees to management level positions and bring on new team members.
SOCIAL EQUITY OUTREACH
MRA has appointed a Social Equity team which provides outreach to those interested in getting involved in the Michigan Marihuana industry. The Woods intends to help host, sponsor, and assist the Marijuana Regulatory Agency and the City of Kalamazoo’s social equity forums and informational sessions. The Woods also plans on donating funds to nonprofits and efforts to assist marijuana conviction expungements for those that have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.
The Woods Cultivation is committed to donating resources, financial and in kind, to local nonprofits in the Kalamazoo area. Additionally, The Woods Cultivation will volunteer 40 hours of volunteer service per year and match up to an additional 40 hours per year for employee volunteer time.