Equity Program

San Francisco adopted the Cannabis Equity Program to foster equitable participation in the cannabis industry and create business opportunities for those negatively impacted by the War on Drugs.

San Francisco’s Cannabis Equity Program is designed to lower barriers to cannabis licensing for those hardest hit by the War on Drugs. The Equity Program does this by enabling verified Equity Applicants to apply for a cannabis permit in 2018.

In addition, Equity Applicants do not have to pay the $5,000 permit fee. They can also benefit from an incubator partnership that provides rent free space for 3 years or technical assistance to run their business.

Equity Applicant

Individuals who meet equity eligibility criteria based on residency, income, criminal justice involvement and housing insecurity.

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Equity Incubator

A business that agrees to support an Equity Applicant by providing it with rent-free space or technical assistance.

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Medical Cannabis Dispensary

MCDs must implement Equity Plans that further the City's equity goals.

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More information

The Cannabis Equity Report provides an in-depth look at how the Equity Program addresses the impacts of the War on Drugs in San Francisco.

For questions related to enforcement, the Equity Program, or permitting, visit room 362 at City Hall between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, or call (415) 554-4420.