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Posted on 05/04/2022

The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) will be opening a new verification period so individuals can request to be verified as Social Equity Individual Applicants. Social Equity Individual Applicant (“SEIA”) Verification is a process by which individuals may be verified as meeting the criteria set forth in Los Angeles Municipal Code section 104.20(b)(1). The verification period will open on May 26, 2022. Requests for verification may be submitted until July 25, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

The Social Equity Program focuses on the inclusion and support of individuals in the City’s legal cannabis marketplace who may have been negatively or disproportionately impacted by prior cannabis criminalization. As part of that effort, cannabis business licenses for retail, delivery and cultivation are exclusively available to verified Social Equity Individual Applicants until January 1, 2025. For individuals who were previously verified as Social Equity Individual Applicants in 2019 and wish to pursue a retail storefront license application as part of the Phase 3 Retail Round 2 lottery, you will need to be verified again with the updated criteria in order to qualify.

Please visit the Social Equity Program Individual Applicant Eligibility Verification webpage to learn more about this process and prepare your questions for the upcoming webinar mentioned below. The webpage outlines the criteria for eligibility, documentation required to prove eligiblity, as well as various assets to guide applicants through the verification process.

We encourage all those who wish to become verified to join the Social Equity Individual Applicant Eligibility Verification webinar hosted by the DCR on Tuesday May 10, 2022 at 6 pm via Zoom. Please RSVP and submit your questions for consideration at the webinar below. Additional webinars will be hosted on May 24 and June 14 .

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