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San Francisco is committed to help communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs. The City's Office of Cannabis aims to build a diverse and inclusive cannabis industry with the Equity Program.
Only applicants and incubators in the Equity Program can apply for new permits in 2018.
Individuals are eligible through financial, regional, and judicial criteria. Applicants who are not eligible as individuals may apply as an incubator. Incubators agree to use local and inclusive business practices to support the community.
To be eligible for the Equity Program as an Equity Applicant, you must:
You must also meet at least 3 of the 6 equity conditions:
If you do not qualify as an Equity Applicant, you can apply as an Equity Incubator. You must submit a Cannabis Equity Incubator Agreement with your Cannabis Business Permit. The Equity Incubator Agreement states that you will, within 3 years of opening your business:
Incubators will also need to do one of the following:
The case for equity is clear. The War on Drugs has had consequential impacts on communities throughout the United States, including in San Francisco. The City’s challenge today is also our opportunity. As we move towards regulating the cannabis industry, we are taking this opportunity to harness its potential to begin to restore historic inequities.
San Francisco is developing and implement a program that makes sense for the residents of our City - a program that balances our priorities and reflects our values.
All Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (MCDs) in San Francisco must have plans to show what they will do to:
Cannabis businesses in San Francisco will update their plans in the first half of 2018. The updates will show progress on their equity goals.
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