Los Angeles Social Equity Phase 2 Begins

According to the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR), "The City of Los Angeles has adopted a Social Equity Program aimed promoting 'equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry in order to decrease disparities in life outcomes for marginalized communities and to address the disproportionate impacts of the war on drugs in those communities.'"

Below you will find a recording of a workshop featuring The Department of Cannabis Regulation's (DCR) Executive Director, Cat Packer, explaining the program and diving more into what Phase II is all about.

Some key takeaways are the following:

  • Phase 2 will only focus on NON-RETAIL supply chain license applicants (i.e. cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing, retail, microbusiness)

  • Property will not be required for applicants to be verified

  • Proof of activity prior to January 2016

  • Proof of product activity with an existing medial marijuana dispensary (EEMD)

  • Must qualify as a Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3 applicant

More information about eligibility requirements may be found here.

There are 3 tiers in which applicants may apply:

  • Tier 1

    • Either low income AND California cannabis conviction or;

    • Low income AND minimum of 5 years cumulative residency in a disproportionately impacted area

    • Ownership requirement of NO LESS than 51%

  • Tier 2

    • Either low income AND AND a minimum of 5 years cumulative residency in a disproportionately impacted area or;

    • Minimum of 10 years cumulative residency in a disproportionately impacted area

    • Ownership requirement of NO LESS than 33.33%

  • Tier 3

    • Social Equity Agreement

    • Ownership requirement is NONE

For more on the City's Social Equity Program, watch the video above and refer the presentation deck for details.