California awards cities $10 million in social equity marijuana grants

Ten cities in California will divide $10 million from the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control to help social equity programs in those municipalities.

Top grant recipients include Los Angeles and Oakland, which will get almost $3.5 million between them.

The grant awards, which were delayed from June, also includes Coachella and Palm Springs, which total $600,000 between them.

The social equity program in California is designed to help people or communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization by providing funding for assistance and services to local equity applicants and licensees.

The $10 million grant in California compares with the roughly $12 million being provided by Illinois, which is using a social equity program it hopes can be a blueprint for other marijuana markets.

Illinois, which currently has a medical marijuana program, will launch adult use Jan. 1.

For more on California’s grants, click here.

2 comments on “California awards cities $10 million in social equity marijuana grants
  1. Pat on

    The people whom will be getting these “opportunities” and the timing of it all is a slap in the face to the “legalized” industry. This doesn’t even rise to the rank of tokenism. It’s ALL too little too late. Opportunity costs forgone are immeasurable at this point. And only participating counties can get in on the program. Those counties and the people in them are very likely the one’s that could have used this program a long time ago; not to mention to have been completely shut out of the legal program ( as they were gearing up to remain compliant/legal ). These counties are also among the best ( if not the top tier ) cultivating locations of cannabis. These kinds of decisions were all made in closed door sessions, which ultimately subverted ( for no reasonable and substantiated rationale, other than self-enrichment and the re-criminalizing of its very citizens ) the democratic process and the people’s wishes with regard to the most fundamental of their concerns/desires.

    The state might as well have taken one big giant crap on those peoples faces ( after getting slapped ). It would have been a lot more honest. State of Ca.: You’re crooks. You know it. And you don’t care. Most black marketeers have to be viewed as angelic in comparison to you.

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  2. Pat on

    The people whom will be getting these “opportunities” and the timing of it all is a slap in the face to the “legalized” industry. This doesn’t even rise to the rank of tokenism. It’s ALL too little too late. Opportunity costs forgone are immeasurable at this point. And only participating counties can get in on the program. Those counties excluded and the people in them are very likely the one’s that could have used this program a long time ago; not to mention to have been completely shut out of the legal program ( as they were gearing up to remain compliant/legal ). These counties are also among the best ( if not the top tier ) cultivating locations of cannabis. These kinds of decisions were all made in closed door sessions, which ultimately subverted ( for no reasonable and substantiated rationale, other than self-enrichment and the re-criminalizing of its very citizens ) the democratic process and the people’s wishes with regard to the most fundamental of their concerns/desires.

    The state might as well have taken one big giant crap on those peoples faces ( after getting slapped ). It would have been a lot more honest. State of Ca.: You’re crooks. You know it. And you don’t care. Most black marketeers have to be viewed as angelic in comparison to you.

    Reply

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