In 2017 and 2018 the city of Oakland selected a consultant to provide technical assistance for equity applicants for a one-year period. Now, the City of Oakland is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a consultant to continue providing similar services for a two-year period.
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Updated report of the Cannabis Equity Permit Program including the Equity Applicant Survey and current permit application statistics.
Please be sure to submit your application a minimum of 45 days in advance of your proposed event. Late submittals will not be accepted.
No more than twelve (12) permits for a Special Event, as that term is defined in Chapter 9.52, involving the sale or cannabis, may be issued for the same location or the same individual or entity per calendar year. Such permits shall be issued in accordance with state law and Chapter 9.52
Cultivators, delivery-only dispensaries, distributors, testing laboratories, manufacturers and transporters may apply for cannabis permits. There is no limit on the number of permits that can be issued for those activities.
However, at least half of all permits must be issued to Equity applicants as described below.
- Equity – Applicants who qualify for fee waivers plus technical and financial assistance based on income level and residential location or cannabis conviction.
- General – All other applicants. A General applicant who incubates an Equity applicant by providing them with three years of free rent and security measures, has priority over other General applicants.
OFFICE HOURS FOR CANNABIS BUSINESS: Monday - Thursdays 9:30 am - 12:00pm and 1:00 - 3:30pm