Sacramento Looks to Expand Social Equity in Cannabis Sector

The Sacramento City Council is considering allowing 10 additional permits for cannabis dispensaries.

This is an effort to bring more equity to the city’s marijuana landscape. When cannabis was first legalized, Sacramento allowed existing medical cannabis businesses to transition to recreational pot sales. New entrepreneurs were not permitted to enter the market and, today, none of the more than two dozen legal pot shops in Sacramento are Black-owned.

Under the proposal, the city would hold two lotteries — one on October 12 and another in 2021 — to determine the recipients of the 10 additional permits. Applicants must meet certain criteria such as being from an area heavily impacted by the War on Drugs, being a low-income earner, or having a prior conviction for a marijuana-related offense.

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