The California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) Encouraging Municiplaties To Increase Licensing Opportunities

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The California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is increasing eligibility for its Local Jurisdiction Retail Access Grant (LJRAG) along with the award amounts for municipalities that are given grants under the program. 

The LJRAG program is part of the state’s efforts to expand legal cannabis access in jurisdictions where adult-use cannabis operations do not currently exist. The Phase II funding is tied to the local jurisdiction’s issuance of local permits or licenses authorizing cannabis retail. Under the revised Phase II guidelines, eligible local jurisdictions may apply for funding regardless of whether they participated in Phase I. The DCC said the new guidelines will allow more than 300 cities and counties to pursue funding in Phase II. 

The state will award $15 million in grants under the Phase II program. Phase I awarded $4.1 million in grants to 18 cities and counties throughout the state.  

In a statement, DCC Director Nicole Elliott said “There are still many locations throughout the state where cannabis usage is notable, but existing consumers do not have convenient access to legal retail cannabis.” 

California Increasing Incentives to Get Municipalities On Board with Cannabis Licensing

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