The Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation last week uploaded a social equity workshop video that portends to kick off what “Top” Cat Packer called “the city social equity program that should have always been” with “a realistic and real conversation.”
The workshop marked the opening of the licensing program’s eagerly anticipated third phase.
L.A. Department of Cannabis Regulation
- It’s excellent timing, as many, including WeedWeek founder Alex Halperin, have branded social equity a failure. Despite setting a template that’s gained national momentum, social equity’s practical application in California has largely been underfunded and turgid in its movement through state and local governments. It appears that cannabusiness is going to have to take a more active role in the program.
- Phase Three begins a verification process by which measures applicants eligibility.
- Packer asked those in attendance to refrain from using the term “black market,” on account of its historical connotations. “We have to be very intentional with our language,” she said.