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Posted on 09/07/2023
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Happy Latino Heritage Month

Observed nationally from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, Latino Heritage Month celebrates the rich histories, cultures and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Southern California has a strong Latino history that dates back to 1781 when missionaries founded "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles" (The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels). In Los Angeles, one-out-of-two people are of Latino origin. Twenty percent (20%) of the US population is of Latino descent, comprising the largest ethnic minority group.

The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) and the Social Equity Program (SEP) are proud to celebrate and honor the cultures and contributions of Latino Americans. Siempre adelante (always forward).

Individual Support for Your Business

FREE support and coaching for your cannabis business!

Experts are available to help answer your questions on the following topics:

BLC Spotlight

Check out this great interview with Social Equity licensee, Luis Rivera, Executive Director of Social Equity LA. He provides valuable insights on the resources he uses through DCR to achieve success - attending DCR networking events, accessing the Learning Management System (LMS), and joining live webinars.

BLC Job Board - LIVE!

Search DCR’s updated Job Board to fast track your career in the Los Angeles cannabis industry. Employers are encouraged to upload job opportunities.

Click Here for the Job Board

Pro Bono - Low Bono Legal Services Now Available

The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR), in partnership with the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), has now expanded the eligibility criteria to receive subsidized Pro Bono / Low Bono Legal Services.

Learn More Here

Cannabis Legalization Expansion

Cannabis Legalization Expansion Infographic

There are 23 states where marijuana is fully legalized, and 17 states that have medical programs.

Currently, 15 states have a Cannabis Social Equity Program:
Green- Recreational
Blue- Medicinal
Beige- Medicinal (Limited Use)
Red- Prohibited states

Welcome Minnesota!

Read the Story Here

DCR The Recap

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BLC Contact Us

Thank you for reading our monthly CannaDispatch newsletter, designed to provide timely and useful information about DCR-SEP news, services and resources for the Los Angeles Social Equity community, SEIAs, licensees and operators.

If you have suggestions for future newsletter topics, please email us at The DCR public counter is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 221 N. Figueroa St, Suite 1245, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Call (213) 978-0738 to speak with a DCR representative.