Program Overview

In 2017, The City of Los Angeles established its Social Equity Program as one tool to acknowledge and repair the harm caused by the War on Drugs and the disparate enforcement of cannabis prohibition. The mission of the Social Equity Program is, “to promote equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry in order to decrease disparities in life outcomes for marginalized communities, and to address the disproportionate impacts of the War on Drugs in those communities.” As such, individuals who are low income, have past cannabis arrests and or convictions, and those that have lived in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIA) may qualify for the Social Equity Program which includes the following benefits:

  • Priority application processing 
  • Business, Licensing and Compliance Assistance 
  • Access to the Fee Deferral Program* 
  • Access to the SEED Grant Program*

*Access to These Benefits May Be Limited based on the Availability of Resources and Subject to Requirements Established in the Rules and Regulations.

In April of 2021, the City of Los Angeles established the Social Equity Entrepreneur Development Grant Program (SEED) Grant Program). The Rules and Regulations for the SEED Grant Program can be found here. The SEED Grant Program utilizes funding from the Cannabis Equity Grant for Local Jurisdictions (CEG Grant) to provide financial assistance to verified Social Equity Individual Applicants. To date, the City of Los Angeles has dedicated $6 million towards the SEED Grant Program through funds made available through 2019 and 2020 California CEG Grant awards. 

SEED is administered in partnership with Elevate Impact LA. 

Reservation of Rights

The City of Los Angeles reserves the right to evaluate and revise the SEED Grant Program in the future based on information gathered in its evaluation.