Framework and Recommendations
FOR REGULATING COMMERCIAL CANNABIS
The Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) recommends the creation of an equitable program for unincorporated Los Angeles County that addresses both the administrative infrastructure barriers that create inequitable outcomes, and the gap in educational, technical, and financial resources caused by systematic racism and exacerbated by the War on Drugs.
OCM’s recommendations include leading with equity licensing with priorities for Equity and Equity-building applicants (applicants that may not qualify as an Equity Applicant, but have robust equity-promoting practices), creating a centralized and simplified licensing infrastructure, building a robust Equity Program, and aligning zoning and buffering limits with State law to prevent overconcentration and disproportionate health outcomes.
Additionally, dedicated, strong, and strategic compliance and enforcement resources are necessary, as well as strategic reinvestment of taxation revenue to support these programs and priorities.