Delaware daily roundup: Opening a pot business; From rap to tech; Ways to stay cool

Plus, labor shortages continue to spur growth for automation firms.


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Social equity marijuana biz licenses in DE

If you or a close family member were convicted under old marijuana laws, or if you live in a neighborhood disproportionately impacted by those laws, you may be able to land a social equity license for selling or cultivating legal recreational marijuana.

It’s not easy, but the state reserves about 40% of licenses for social equity, and offers lower fees and other resources.

➡️ Read my report here.

This technologist started as a rap artist

George Llado started out as a teen rapper in the Bronx, where he grew up. In college, he left music and leaned into computer science. Eventually, he worked his way up to CIO of Merck before transitioning to his current role, developing therapies for rare diseases with Alexion Pharmaceuticals.

Check out George’s “How I Got Here.”

➡️ Read Sarah’s article here.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Need to cool off? Here’s a roundup of Wilmington’s public spray parks and other places to find relief from the heat. [WDEL]

•  “Who lobbies you?” Controversy in the General Assembly as a consequential corporate law bill goes up for debate. [Spotlight Delaware]

• Lisa Lawson has been named the new Brandywine School District Superintendent. [Delaware Public Media]

• Labor shortages continue to spur growth for automation firms. [TechCrunch]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Saturday, June 22 —  Black Wall Street Small Business Expo [Details here]

• June 25-26 — Tech Ecosystem Conference [Details here]

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