Equity+ 18-Month Cohort Program
In the spring of 2017, the Oakland City Council enacted landmark cannabis legislation to promote equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry, to decrease disparities in life outcomes for marginalized communities of color and address the disproportionate impacts of the war on drugs in those communities. The City of Oakland’s strategies to date have included prioritized permitting for equity applicants, exemption from application and permit fees, technical assistance, and financial assistance via the Equity Loan and Grant Programs.
In 2021, the City of Oakland awarded a grant to equity operators who formed the Oakland Equity Collective (OEC). Oakland provided OEC with grant funds to purchase a property to advance manufacturing and distribution opportunities for both the OEC team and a rotation of six additional equity manufacturers in OEC’s Shared-Use Facility. The OEC Shared-Use Facility will provide equity applicants with both a rent free compliant location to manufacture products and support in distributing products to retailers.