In 2018, the City of Sacramento approved the creation of CORE, its Cannabis Opportunity Reinvestment and Equity program. As none of the River City’s 30 compliant dispensaries was owned by black women or men, CORE — economic incentives and training for communities disproportionately popped by Sactown cops for weed — seemed a necessity.
Now Sacramento may add 10 dispensaries as a means toward meaningful social equity.
- About 117 people have graduated from CORE and are eligible for waivers of thousands of dollars in fees. However, a present cap of 30 municipal dispensaries prevents them from using the reparative measure.
- “We’re at a point not only where the city has to build trust with communities damaged by the War on Drugs, but we really have to be intentional about opening up this market,” Malaki Amen, executive director of the California Urban Partnership, told the City Council.