The governor of California, Jerry Brown, recently signed legislation that aids small cannabis businesses and low-income individuals.
It’s called The California Cannabis Equity Act and lawmakers have allocated $10 million as initial funding for it.
The bill’s aim is to “ensure that persons most harmed by cannabis criminalization and poverty be offered assistance to enter the multibillion-dollar industry as entrepreneurs or as employees with high-quality, well-paying jobs.”
The California Cannabis Equity Act will also support existing marijuana programs in major cities in the state.
The bill was initiated by Senator Steven Bradford from Gardena and is also known as Senate Bill 1294.
“The signing of SB 1294 recognizes the failed efforts of the war on drugs, but more importantly, it highlights the disproportionate devastation cannabis criminalization has had on communities and helps address the harms by reducing barriers to licensure and increasing opportunities for employment,” said Mr. Bradford.
“This bill will aid in the development of a safer and healthier cannabis industry that benefits all Californians,” he added.