Social Equity Program Information
It’s our goal to insure that all candidates are informed at all steps throughout the process of applying for Social Equity. Below you will find guidelines directly from the Department of Cannabis Regulation. If you would like more detail, please visit their website; https://cannabis.lacity.org/licensing/social-equity-program
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DEPARTMENT OF CANNABIS REGULATION (DCR)
SOCIAL EQUITY PROGRAM APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION
LIST OF DCR APPROVED DOCUMENTS
City of Los Angeles - Department of Cannabis Regulation
221 N. Figueroa Street, Suite 1245
Los Angeles CA, 90012
Version 1 – rev. May 28, 2019
The City of Los Angeles adopted a Social Equity Program (SEP) to promote equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry for individuals and communities most impacted by cannabis criminalization and the war on drugs. For more information on the SEP please click here.
Through the SEP, eligible applicants and businesses are authorized to participate in various licensing, technical assistance and business development programs.
The SEP Applicant Eligibility Verification application will be used to determine eligibility for certain components of the SEP, such as priority application processing, property assistance and the Fee Deferral Program.
A Tier 1 Social Equity Program Applicant shall meet the following criteria at time of applying for a License:
• Low Income and prior California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction; or,
• Low Income and a minimum of five years’ cumulative residency in a Disproportionately Impacted Area.
A Tier 2 Social Equity Program Applicant shall meet the following criteria at time of applying for a License:
• Low Income and a minimum of five years’ cumulative residency in a Disproportionately Impacted Area; or,
• A minimum of 10 years’ cumulative residency in a Disproportionately Impacted Area.
A Tier 3 Social Equity Program Applicant may not apply for Retailer Commercial Cannabis Activity Licenses or Microbusiness Commercial Cannabis Activity Licenses that includes Storefront Retail Activity (Type 10) and Non-Storefront Delivery-Only (Type 9). Tier 3 Social Equity Applicants are ineligible for priority processing during Phase 3.
For the purposes of the SEP, a California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction is an arrest or conviction in California for any crime under the laws of the State of California or the United States relating to the sale, possession, use, manufacture, or cultivation of Cannabis that occurred prior to November 8, 2016. It includes arrests by federal authorities in California and convictions in federal court in California.
Approved supporting documentation for California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction:
• Court records reflecting an Applicant’s California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction; and,
• Government records reflecting an Applicant’s California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction.