ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE
Canna-Xpress is committed to assisting eligible equity applicants on their journey to becoming a licensed equity operator, providing direct one on one counseling and application navigation assistance. As the first licensed equity operator in the City of Long Beach and together with City of Long Beach, Legal Assistance and Equal Justice advocates Canna-Xpress is a leading example of equity ownership and a light shining the way to help others on their path to ownership!
Social Equity Advocacy
Cannabis criminalization and its enforcement has had long-term, adverse impacts to the City of Los Angeles, particularly for low income and minority community members. The City of Los Angeles along with Long Beach are some of the few jurisdictions in the United States attempting to address the impacts of past cannabis policies and their inequities by developing and implementing cannabis policies that seek to center equity in cannabis policy reform.
The Social Equity Program (SEP) is one tool the City of Los Angeles is using to begin to acknowledge and repair the harm caused by the War on Drugs and the disparate enforcement of cannabis prohibition.
The California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018 and the Budget Act of 2019 appropriated funding for the state to provide to local jurisdictions to develop and operate local cannabis equity programs that focus on the inclusion and support of individuals in California's legal cannabis marketplace who are from communities negatively or disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization.
The goal of the Cannabis Social Equity Program, in Los Angeles is to recognize and address the long-term impact that federal and state cannabis enforcement policies have had on low income communities in the City of Long Beach.
The Equity Program in Long Beach is designed to support equal opportunity in the cannabis industry by making legal cannabis business ownership and employment opportunities more accessible to low income individuals and communities most impacted by the criminalization of cannabis.
Individuals who qualify for the Equity Program and want to open an adult-use cannabis business in Long Beach are eligible to receive benefits and assistance to help navigate the City's cannabis application and licensing process.