Grow, Gift, Repair

California steps up in equity

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Thursday a bill offering small cannabis business assistance to those most impacted by past drug law enforcement. The California Cannabis Equity Act magnifies programs already up and running in cities like San Francisco and Oakland. The programs move prior marijuana offenders to the front of the line for legal retail cannabis sales permits. Starting next year, cities may apply for grants from state marijuana regulators at the Bureau of Cannabis Control to further such efforts. Lawmakers allocated $10 million in initial funding for the bill.