Alert: DCC awards more than $4 million in grants to 18 local jurisdictions to expand access to licensed cannabis retail

To provide improved access to licensed retail cannabis for the state’s existing cannabis users, the Department of Cannabis Control announced today that it is awarding 18 local jurisdictions with over $4 million in grants.

Included in the Phase 1 Local Jurisdiction Retail Access Grants (LJRAG) awards are 14 equity grants that were awarded to jurisdictions that want to issue of licenses to operators who have been negatively or disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.

To learn more about the jurisdictions awarded grants, please visit: California Department of Cannabis Control announces funding to 18 local jurisdictions to expand access to licensed cannabis retail in first of its kind program  – Department of Cannabis Control

The awarded grants will support the issuing of cannabis retail licenses at the local level, an important component of California’s dual licensing structure.  Expanded access to legal retail cannabis supports the legal market while discouraging the illegal cannabis marketplace.

In Phase II of this grant, eligible local jurisdictions will be able to apply for additional funding based on the number of cannabis retail licenses they have issued.

For more information on LJRAG, please visit: https://cannabis.ca.gov/about-us/grant-funding/local-jurisdiction-retail-access-grant

 

California Department of Cannabis Control announces funding to 18 local jurisdictions to expand access to licensed cannabis retail in first of its kind program

Jun 20, 2023

Additional funds were awarded to strengthen support for equity operators throughout the state 

Today, the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) announced awards to 18 local jurisdictions that will be establishing cannabis retail licensing pathways for the first time in their city or county. Fourteen of the 18 jurisdictions selected for awards are proposing equity programs to support and assist the licensure of cannabis equity retail businesses, a critical component to further equity in the legal cannabis market.

The Local Jurisdiction Retail Access Grant (LJRAG), a first of its kind program in the United States, is awarding $4 million to cities and counties throughout California to improve consumer access to cannabis. Of the $4 million issued, $870,000 will be awarded to 14 jurisdictions that are proposing to assist and issue licenses to equity applicants within their retail licensing programs.

“The Local Jurisdictional Retail Access Grant program will help provide access to regulated cannabis retail for over 2 million Californians that currently live in an area where access to licensed cannabis retail businesses is insufficient,” said Department of Cannabis Control Acting Director Rasha Salama. “In addition to improving access to existing customers, these grants are another important step towards establishing legal pathways for legacy and social equity operators.”

The following jurisdictions received grant awards in Phase I of the Local Jurisdiction Retail Access Grant:

Jurisdiction Base Award Amount Equity Bonus Funds Total Phase I Award
City of Riverside $325,000 $150,000 $475,000
Los Angeles County $325,000 $150,000 $475,000
City of Huntington Beach $325,000 N/A $325,000
City of Buena Park $225,000 $90,000 $315,000
City of Hawthorne $225,000 $90,000 $315,000
City of Lodi $200,000 $75,000 $275,000
Nevada County $200,000 $75,000 $275,000
City of West Sacramento $175,000 $60,000 $235,000
City of Claremont $150,000 $45,000 $195,000
City of Montclair $150,000 $45,000 $195,000
City of Covina $175,000 N/A $175,000
City of Corcoran $125,000 $30,000 $155,000
City of Bell Gardens $150,000 N/A $150,000
City of Calabasas $125,000 N/A $125,000
City of Avenal $100,000 $15,000 $115,000
City of Sand City $100,000 $15,000 $115,000
City of Winters $100,000 $15,000 $115,000
City of Yreka $100,000 $15,000 $115,000
Totals $3,275,000 $870,000 $4,145,000
Table: Phase I grant awards

Phase I funding was prioritized for areas where national surveys find high cannabis consumption but where there is little to no access to legal cannabis retail, and incentivized local best practices by prioritizing programs that support equity operators and utilize existing licensing and permitting practices. By supporting local governments in establishing cannabis retail licensing programs, this grant seeks to meet existing consumer demand in areas where retail access is limited or non-existent.

Grant recipients can use their grant money to develop retailer licensing programs to assist them in issuing retail cannabis licenses. This includes drafting and adopting ordinances, hiring staff and contractors, holding community outreach and engagement events, forming stakeholder workgroups or technical advisory committees, conducting economic studies and environmental reviews, developing application forms or online application portals, and processing and issuing cannabis retail licenses.

In Phase II of this grant, eligible local jurisdictions will be able to apply for additional funding based on the number of local retail licenses they have issued.

For more information on LJRAG, please visit: https://cannabis.ca.gov/about-us/grant-funding/local-jurisdiction-retail-access-grant. 

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) licenses and regulates commercial cannabis activity within California. DCC works closely with all stakeholders, including businesses and local jurisdictions, to create a sustainable legal cannabis industry and a safe and equitable marketplace. DCC develops and implements progressive cannabis policies with robust protections for public health, safety, and the environment.

To learn more about the California cannabis market, state licenses or laws, visit www.cannabis.ca.gov.

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