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Cannabis Social Equity Program

The goal of the Cannabis Social Equity Program is to recognize and address the long-term impact that federal and state cannabis enforcement policies have had on low income communities in the City of Long Beach. 

The Equity Program is designed to support equal opportunity in the cannabis industry by making legal cannabis business ownership and employment opportunities more accessible to low income individuals and communities most impacted by the criminalization of cannabis.

Equity Program Opportunities:

Open an
Equity Business


Individuals who qualify for the Equity Program and want to open a cannabis business in the City of Long Beach are eligible to receive the following assistance to help navigate the City's cannabis application process:

  • Access to application workshops;
  • Fee waivers;
  • Direct grants;
  • Expedited application and facility plan check review;
  • Cultivation tax deferrals;
  • Direct Technical Assistance (Coming Soon).


Get a Job
in Cannabis

Equity Employment

Individuals who qualify for the Equity Program are eligible to receive the following benefits and assistance to get a job in the cannabis industry: 

  • Employment opportunities;
  • Job fairs and orientations;
  • Job search assistance.




On May 17, 2022, the Long Beach City Council voted on the first reading of the Equity Dispensary Ordinance and Resolution to allow up to 8 additional dispensaries to be owned exclusively by equity applicants. The City Council will vote on the second reading on May 24th and the ordinance will go into effect 31 days after it is signed into law by the Mayor.  

Want to learn more about what has happened to date? Check out our New Policy Initiatives website.  


BCC Equity Grant LogoThe Bureau of Cannabis Control announced the availability of Equity Grant Funding authorized by the California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018. The Equity Grant allows for direct assistance to local jurisdictions' commercial cannabis equity programs that provide assistance to local equity applicants or local equity licensees. Click here to learn more.

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