California awards $15 million in grants to support local cannabis equity programs

California officials announced that they’ve awarded $15 million in grants to support local efforts to promote equity in the cannabis industry.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) distributed the funds to 16 cities and counties across the state through the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions. Applications opened for the program late last year.

This is part of California’s efforts to use cannabis tax revenue to fund new and existing equity programs for those who have been disproportionately impacted by the drug war.

Gov. Gavin Newson’s (D) “budget proposal for next fiscal year includes $15 million in funding for this program, and we intend to issue our next grant solicitation in October 2023,” GO-Biz said in a notice.

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