CALIFORNIA (LOS ANGELES)
The City of Los Angeles established its Social Equity Program as one tool to acknowledge and repair the harm caused by the War on Drugs and the disparate enforcement of cannabis prohibition. The mission of the Social Equity Program is to promote equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry in order to decrease disparities in life outcomes for marginalized communities, and to address the disproportionate impacts of the War on Drugs in those communities. Additionally, the city of Los Angeles established the Social Equity Entrepreneur Development Grant Program (SEED) Grant Program to provide financial assistance to verified Social Equity Individual Applicants.
Private Organizations / Non-profits:
LASER (Los Angeles Social Equity Reform)/Growing Talent
LASER’S highest priority is promoting equitable ownership within the cannabis industry. LASER assists equity partners with the licensing process, property procurement, compliance training, business development, and more. LASER is the first minority-led cannabis company serving cannabis entrepreneurs nationwide.
NDICA Los Angeles Social Equity Program
Our team aligns with innovative thinkers and leaders to create guidance and mentorship for the markets we serve. By bringing together government agencies, industry leaders, practitioners and intellectuals through forums, expungement clinics, trainings, think tanks and a thriving online community, NDICA provides the necessary technical expertise and resources to succeed in the cannabis and non-cannabis industries.
Nu Project’s mission is to build intergenerational wealth via the legal cannabis industry for the communities disproportionately harmed by cannabis criminalization – Black, Indigenous, and Latina/o/x communities. Nu Project’s programs are designed to increase success outcomes for people of color in the cannabis industry either as business owners or professionals.
Nu Project’s work is specifically designed to address three most common equity hurdles for all marginalized groups when starting a business or a professional career: capital, education/exposure, and connection. Nu Project provides funding for cannabis businesses, skill-building and mentoring for entrepreneurs and professionals, national and state equity policy development and advocacy.
The Social Impact Center
The Social Impact Center is a hub for organizers and serves as a bridge between government, grass-roots organizations, and people. We empower underserved communities by developing leaders through education, storytelling, and community building.