Experts and advocates argue that many are struggling to enter the  California Cannabis market despite state regulatory programs. Specifically, low income and minority applicants are at a disadvantage because of the cost of entry and the long list of additional license requirements.  Currently, California is attempting to reduce the barriers to entry with Prop. 64. The new cannabis equity programs give licensing priority to members of low-income and minority communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. However, the program is administered locally and has achieved varying degrees of success depending on community activism.

– The Mercury News, by Laurence Du Sault, Bay Area News, published July 6, 2020, 5:00 am

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