Program Benefits & Resources

Application Processing

The City of Los Angeles has established a Licensing and Social Equity Program that enumerates various restrictions related to licensing and application processing. 

Social Equity Applicants receive certains benefits related to application processing.

Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 104.20(c)(4)(i) and Section 104.06.1 establish application processing requirements, which require DCR to provide Social Equity Applicants the following when certain requirements are met: 

  • Priority access to retail and delivery Licenses
  • Priority License Application Processing 
  • Priority License Renewal Processing 

Please see Table S1 for information about commercial cannabis activity license restrictions and application processing restrictions. 

Table S1: Commercial Cannabis Activity and Application Restrictions


License Type 

License CAP

Are Applications Currently Being Accepted?

Application Processing Restrictions 

Comments

Testing 

No

Yes

No

Application processing will open on October 20, 2020.

Distribution 

No

Yes

No

Application processing will open on October 20, 2020.

Non-Volatile Manufacturing 

No

Yes

No

Application processing will open on October 20, 2020.

Volatile Manufacturing 

Yes

No

No

 

Cultivation 

Yes

No

No

 

Delivery 

No

Yes

Yes. Limited to Social Equity Applicants until January 1, 2025 
(Phase 3)

SEAs must be verified.

SEAs may be verified under the original eligibility criteria or the expanded eligibility criteria.

Application processing will open on October 20, 2020.

Retail 

Yes

No

Yes. Limited to Social Equity Applicants until January 1, 2025 (Phase 3 Round 2)

Licenses are limited per CPA.

To apply in a CPA that has reached Undue Concentration,eligibility must be verified pursuant to LAMC Sections. 104.20(b) and 104.06.1(c)(3) before submitting a PCN Request.

A lottery will be administered to determine which eligible SEAs are selected to  apply for a License in a CPA that has not reached Undue Concentration.

SEAs must be verified pursuant to LAMC Sections  104.20(b) and 104.06.1(c)(3) before being determined eligible to participate in the lottery. 


Business, Licensing and Compliance Assistance

The Department seeks to assist Social Equity Applicants through programming, curriculum development and training in the areas of state and local licensing requirements, commercial cannabis regulations, general business development, cannabis-specific business development and workforce development. 

DCR is contracting with qualified consultants to assist Social Equity Program applicants with Business, Licensing, and Compliance Assistance. 

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, all Business, Licensing, and Compliance Assistance programming will be provided online and will be accessible 24/7.. 

Online curriculum will include but not limited to:

  • State and Local licensing Requirements
  • Commercial Cannabis Regulations
  • Cannabis Specific Business Development & Workforce Development
  • General Business Development
  • Cannabis Technology Business Development Services Education

Fee Deferral Program

Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 104.20.4(ii) establishes a Fee Deferral Program that is available to Social Equity Applicants.

The Department of Cannabis Regulation is currently working to establish requirements to participate in the Program which will be established in the Rules and Regulations. 

Participating in the Fee Deferral Program may be subject to the availability of resources.

To date, DCR has made $250,000 available to verified Social Equity Applicants through the Fee Deferral Program. 

Additional Fee Deferrals will be made available as resources allow.


Financial Grant Program

Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 104.20.4(iv) establishes a Financial Grant Program that is available to Social Equity Applicants.

The Department of Cannabis Regulation is currently working to establish requirements to participate in the Program which will be published in the Rules and Regulations. 

DCR is in the process of contracting with a qualified consultant to administer the Financial Grant Program. 

This program is funded by the California Cannabis Local Jurisdiction Equity Grant. 


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