To Promote Equity, Oakland Launches New Cannabis Permits

Oakland launched a new medical cannabis permit application today, the first step in a plan to make the industry more inclusive after a city analysis found cannabis laws continued to be disproportionately enforced against minority, and particularly black, residents.

The application revealed today is for people interested in cultivating, manufacturing, delivering, distributing, testing or transporting medical cannabis in Oakland. It is not for operating a dispensary, which will be through a separate process to be released later this year, according to the city.

The new permits are the first step in implementing legislation passed by the City Council in March to take on racial disparity in the cannabis industry. The city will give priority to applicants with certain income thresholds who have been impacted by drug-enforcement policies.

An analysis released earlier this year by the city’s new Department of Race and

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