Long Beach will issue eight new equity cannabis dispensary licenses following months-long process – Signal Tribune

The cannabis landscape in Long Beach will soon grow, allowing room for more diverse, city-based residents to apply for eight highly-coveted new equity licenses that will be awarded in November. 

The City Council unanimously moved forward with the Equity Dispensary Ordinance Solution on Tuesday, May 10, which will create eight new recreational dispensary licenses for equity applicants.

The item will also reduce and remove buffers around the city in order to increase possible dispensary locations. In response to the sheer number of already existing applicants, the item will return to the council in a week with revisions to the resolution to favor those “grandfathered in.”

The motion comes four months after the City reached out to the community for feedback on the guidelines for the social equity program

The program is part of an effort from the City to diversify the recreational cannabis industry with owners who are lower-income, have or are related to someone with a criminal cannabis charge, live in an underserved part of the City, and have been a Long Beach resident for more than three years, among other requirements. 

There are currently 32 dispensaries in Long Beach. No new licenses have been issued since Measure MM

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