Florencia will be one of the first to receive a home-delivery license from the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) for social equity applicants. The company plans to locate in Uxbridge, Massachusetts pending final town approvals. Florencia is owned by Jensen and Jackson Mejia, twin brothers who came to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1991 and have called Worcester, Massachusetts home. The Mejia’s brother Ardwin, who is a decorated U.S. Marine, serving the country around the world, will join the business when he returns from his current military duties. The $25,000 grant will be used to outfit their delivery vehicles with compliant security equipment, as mandated by the CCC.
“The Mejia brothers are impressive entrepreneurs who share NETA’s commitment to promote social responsibility and inclusion in their workplace and in the cannabis industry,” said Kim Napoli, Sr. Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Affairs for Parallel. “We decided the brothers should receive the entire $25,000 grant because they represent the ideal of the state’s social equity program, and our intention to promote communities of color who do not have the financial backing to get started in the industry. This Massachusetts focused grant program is part of our NETA Cares Initiatives, which is one piece of Parallel’s efforts to foster, cultivate and preserve a culture of diversity and equity across our entire company.”
The Mejia brothers expressed their gratitude to NETA and Parallel for supporting their opportunity, saying “This is not only meaningful to us, but also to the goal of achieving social equity in cannabis. To us, the social equity program is not only a public acknowledgement of the systemic inequality in our society, but a powerful tool to begin to redress that inequality.”
Jensen and Jackson noted, “We recognize the responsibility we have to our