The term equity applicant refers to individuals who meet their local jurisdiction’s equity eligibility criteria, which generally include people of color and members of historically criminalized communities, veterans, medical patients, and others who can offer cannabis experience rather than venture capital.
Each jurisdiction in California is responsible for its own equity programs. To see if you qualify, please review the list of Jurisdictions participating in the Cannabis Equity Grants Program @ Governor’s Program For Business Development Services
If your Jurisdiction participates:
Contact your county office and ask to be connected with the department responsible for their Cannabis Equity Grants Program. Request to apply for an equity grant to be used for cannabis education at OU.
In the city of San Francisco, you can check out the Office of cannabis equity applicant information page
If your Jurisdiction does not participate:
The Cannabis Equity Grants Program is a NEW grant program, so cities and counties are still figuring out their local rules and regulations. Don’t be discouraged if the jurisdiction where you reside isn’t on the list Governor’s Program For Business Development Services, contact them anyway and ask which department handles their local cannabis program. Once you reach the proper department, ask if they will be participating in the grants program, and if so, when. Take notes, be an advocate for change by requesting your Jurisdiction take part in the state’s grant program.
Advocacy is at the very core of the Cannabis industry while our industry continues to be federally illegal, we must continue our efforts to normalize cannabis adult-use by achieving meaningful pro-cannabis policy reform. We recommend you join the advocacy movement but starting with our free course Advocacy for the Cannabis Industry