Sacramento May Raise Limit on Cannabis Dispensaries to Promote Racial Equity

The Sacramento City Council is considering lifting the cap on cannabis dispensaries allowed in the city in an effort to promote racial equity in the city’s marijuana industry. Sacramento has had 30 cannabis dispensaries doing business in the city since 2014.

Even when the sale of recreational cannabis became legal at the beginning of this year, Sacramento did not allow more marijuana dispensaries to open in the city. Instead, most of the 30 licensed medical marijuana retailers began selling recreational cannabis as well.

Racial Equity in the Cannabis Industry

Malaki Seku Amen, the CEO of the California Urban Partnership, told the Sacramento Bee that none of the city’s cannabis dispensaries’ owners are black. A spokeswoman for Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said that the city does not track the race of the city’s cannabis dispensary owners.

In August, the city council approved a program designed to support ownership in the legal cannabis industry by people in communities negatively impacted by the War on Drugs. The Cannabis Opportunity Reinvestment and Equity (CORE) program reduces or eliminate costly licensing fees and helps potential business owners navigate the licensing and regulatory process. Councilman Jay Schenirer said then that he believed that other jurisdictions could eventually follow Sacramento’s

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