Oakland expands marijuana license diversity program

The city council in Oakland, California, expanded a groundbreaking but controversial cannabis business license program that supporters say is needed to help reverse the underrepresentation of minorities in the industry – while opponents charge the plan unfairly excludes other deserving candidates. The council first approved the Equity Permit Program in May 2016, stipulating that half the city’s marijuana business licenses would go to people who have been convicted of marijuana-related charges, as well as those who, in the past two years, have lived in six of the police beats hardest hit by the War On Drugs. ... Oakland expands marijuana license diversity program is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs