California begins taking cannabis social equity grant apps from cities, counties

California state marijuana regulators announced Friday they are accepting grant applications from cities and counties that are implementing social equity programs for local cannabis businesses.

The state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) will award $10 million to qualifying jurisdictions by June 30 as part of a growing movement to repair social harms done by the war on drugs and marijuana prohibition and also to encourage minorities and those victimized by prohibition to get a toehold in the cannabis space.

The minimum grant amount for qualifying jurisdictions will be $100,000, according to a BCC news release.

To date, at least four cities in California have established social equity programs: Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco.

It’s unclear if other cities or counties also have begun crafting similar programs.

Applications are due to the BCC by April 1.

John Schroyer can be reached at [email protected]

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5 comments on “California begins taking cannabis social equity grant apps from cities, counties
  1. George Bianchini on

    OK maybe it’s a good idea for cities to get paid to force responsible businesses to partner with ex con drug dealers. If California creates a pot bank, let’s man it with former ex con bank robbers. Business people did not cause the war on drugs, Our government did. The horrors that targeted the poor and minorities was wrong and was racist. The grant money should go to these folks directly. Put a system in place to compete for these grants. Then train, educate and guild these people to a successful meaningful business life, in the field of their choice.

    Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime

  2. Pat on

    The state had to be well aware of the “social inequity” that was going to be left in its wake when the “law” was passed. The history is all there for all to read. And, it’s how it all has been unfolding. This group didn’t get to go first. They’re going to be last. Funny thing is, the state can’t get it together with those that did get licensed and those attempting to get licensed now. This is going to place an even greater burden on those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. That’s because the state “still has an ongoing ( underhanded ) plan” whose mechanizations they’re not going to share with the ca. taxpayer prior to its implementation. This is what led to the mess now, and into the near term.

  3. Charles Atkins on

    Social Equity Programs are a must. This is a rare opportunity to correct a serious and ongoing wrong.
    However, these Social Equity Programs are not being organized and/or implemented well at all by the various cities, and they are progressing at a snail’s pace.
    I also think that Social Equity Programs with the INDUSTRIAL HEMP Industry must also be organized and implemented NOW.


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