Social Equity in Cannabis: Here’s How Cities and Counties Are Doing It
A number of local governments have passed social equity ordinances as part of their cannabis programs. These laws ensure that those communities which have suffered disproportionately from the war on drugs — especially people with low incomes and/or prior low-level marijuana convictions — get priority in marijuana licensing.
Each city and county has gone about it in a slightly different way. But, thanks to the Bureau of Cannabis Control, you can easily contrast and compare.
The BCC’s website now contains a Local Equity Information page which links to the social equity ordinances in eight cities (Coachella, Rio Dell, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Jose) plus Humboldt County. You can view all of these social equity statutes here.
The BCC is required by law to provide this information.