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In the spring of 2017 the Oakland City Council enacted landmark cannabis legislation to promote equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry to decrease disparities in life outcomes for marginalized communities of color and address the disproportionate impacts of the war on drugs in those communities. The City of Oakland’s strategies to date have included prioritized permitting for social equity applicants, exemption from application and permit fees, technical assistance, and financial assistance via the Equity Loan and Grant Programs.
Now the City of Oakland is seeking to advance opportunities for social equity manufacturers by sponsoring two separate shared-use manufacturing facilities for a one-year period through grant funds received from the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC). These facilities will provide equity applicants with both compliant locations to manufacture products and support in distributing products to retailers.
 While the BCC one-year grant period may expire (June 1, 2020) before an equity manufacturer can utilize a shared-use manufacturing facility for twelve months, the City anticipates allocating any available local or state funding to support equity manufacturers for a full twelve months.
The goal of EquityWorks! Incubator is to train, empower, and build capacity for full engagement in the cannabis market, especially for communities who have been historically targeted by the War on Drugs to break into the legal cannabis industry. The one (1) year program will ensure each social equity business obtains a state license and eliminates barriers for market entry in three (3) key ways:
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