San Diego’s long-awaited cannabis equity program has been awarded an $880,000 state grant to help people affected by the war on drugs enter the legal cannabis industry.
It’s the first such grant received by San Diego, which didn’t create its equity program until last year — several years after other large cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, and Long Beach.
The money will be used to help eligible people with start-up loans, fee waivers, and help find business sites and other incentives. It will also help people expunge cannabis criminal convictions from their records.
San Diego County got a $350,000 state grant for similar purposes during this round of funding, which totaled $15 million.
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