***IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL SOCIAL EQUITY APPLICANTS***
Please be aware that if you have allowed or plan to allow another person, such as an attorney or paid representative, to create/register your User Profile in the DCR’s online portal (also known as "Accela"), you may not be able to log into and have access to your own account. If an account has been created with your name and Social Security Number, and you don’t have access, please visit our department so that DCR staff can update your account and grant/restore your access. You will need to provide DCR staff a government ID and Social Security Card in order to verify ownership of the account. We highly recommend that you verify your account accessibility before July 29, 2019, to make sure that your documents and contact information in our system is correct. It is your responsibility to, (1) submit the eligibility verification application, and (2) have access to the user account associated with your application, so that you can participate in the Social Equity Program Retail Priority Processing, beginning on September 3, 2019.
With recent amendments to the City’s cannabis ordinances and related Council instructions in April 2019, the Department has moved swiftly to prepare for Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Application Process which opens on September 3, 2019.
Accordingly, the Department launched Social Equity “Pre-Vetting,” or the Social Equity Program eligibility verification application process, and began to administer technical assistance to help prospective applicants navigate the Social Equity eligibility verification process. In order to provide technical assistance, DCR facilitated four citywide workshops with more than 3,000 collective attendees; met with and hosted multiple stakeholders meetings; and held approximately 250 one-on-one clinics to guide folks through the eligibility verification process.
During the 60-day Social Equity eligibility verification application process, which began on May 28, 2019 and concluded on July 29, 2019, the Department received more than 1,800 applications. To date, DCR has been able to verify more than 800 Social Equity Applicants and DCR is continuing to assist those applicants whose eligibility verification determination is still pending.
Verified Social Equity Applicants will be eligible for priority application processing, allowing them to be among the first-to-market in the City’s developing cannabis retail market. Verified Social Equity Program Applicants may also qualify for fee deferrals; technical assistance; Business, Licensing and Compliance Assistance; and other programs designed to support equitable licensing and business development.
The Department is excited about the launch of the Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Application Processing which will open on September 3, 2019.
During the Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Application Process, 100 retail licenses will be available for verified Social Equity Applicants who meet certain requirements on a first-come, first-served basis.
The requirements for Phase 3 Retail Round 1 can be found in LAMC Sec. 104.06.1.
Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Licensing and Social Equity Workshop
On August 6, 2019 the Department of Cannabis Regulation hosted a Technical Assistance workshop to provide information regarding the Phase 3 Round 1 Retail Application Process. Please find materials related to the workshop below.
View workshop video above
Please note: the August 6th Workshop Slides were edited after the presentation date. Please refer to the slides PDF for the most up-to-date information.