For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Eligible local jurisdiction” means a local jurisdiction that has adopted or operates a local equity program.
(b) “Local equity applicant” means an applicant who has submitted, or will submit, an application to a local jurisdiction to engage in commercial cannabis activity within the jurisdictional boundaries of that jurisdiction and who meets the requirements of that jurisdiction’s local equity program.
(c) “Local equity licensee” means a person who has obtained a license from a local jurisdiction to engage in commercial cannabis activity within the jurisdictional boundaries of that jurisdiction and who meets the requirements of that jurisdiction’s local equity program.
(d) “Local equity program” means a program adopted or operated by a local jurisdiction that focuses on inclusion and support of individuals and communities in California’s cannabis industry who are linked to populations or neighborhoods that were negatively or disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization. Local equity programs may include, but are not limited to, the following types of services:
(1) Small business support services offering technical assistance to those persons from economically disadvantaged communities that experience high rates of poverty or communities most harmed by cannabis prohibition, determined by historically high rates of arrests or convictions for cannabis law violations.
(2) Tiered fees or fee waivers for cannabis-related permits and licenses.
(3) Assistance in paying state regulatory and licensing fees.
(4) Assistance securing business locations prior to or during the application process.
(5) Assistance securing capital investments.
(6) Assistance with regulatory compliance.
(7) Assistance in recruitment, training, and retention of a qualified and diverse workforce, including transitional workers.
(e) “Transitional worker” means a person who, at the time of starting employment at the business premises, resides in a ZIP Code or census track area with higher than average unemployment, crime, or child death rates, and faces at least one of the following barriers to employment: (1) is homeless; (2) is a custodial single parent; (3) is receiving public assistance; (4) lacks a GED or high school diploma; (5) has a criminal record or other involvement with the criminal justice system; (6) suffers from chronic unemployment; (7) is emancipated from the foster care system; (8) is a veteran; or (9) is over 65 years of age and is financially compromised.
(a) (1) Upon appropriation of funds by the Legislature, an eligible local jurisdiction may, in the form and manner prescribed by the bureau, submit an application to the bureau for a grant to assist local equity applicants and local equity licensees through that local jurisdiction’s equity program.
(2) The bureau shall review an application based on the following factors:
(A) Whether the local jurisdiction is an eligible local jurisdiction.
(B) Whether the local jurisdiction has adopted or operates a local equity program.
(C) Whether the local jurisdiction has identified a local equity applicant or a local equity licensee that the local jurisdiction could assist, as defined in subdivision (b), through use of the grant funding.
(D) Whether the local jurisdiction has demonstrated the ability to provide, or created a plan to provide, the services identified in subdivision (b).
(E) The number of existing and potential local equity applicants and local equity licensees in the local jurisdiction.
(F) Any additional relevant and reasonable criteria the bureau deems necessary.
(3) The bureau shall grant funding to an eligible local jurisdiction based on its review of the factors in paragraph (2). If applications for funding are greater than the amount appropriated for this grant program, the bureau shall prorate the funding as necessary.
(b) An eligible local jurisdiction that receives a grant pursuant to subdivision (a) shall use grant funds to assist local equity applicants and local equity licensees in that local jurisdiction to gain entry to, and to successfully operate in, the state’s regulated cannabis marketplace. For purposes of this subdivision, “assist” includes, but is not limited to, any of the following methods:
(1) To provide a loan or a grant to a local equity applicant or local equity licensee to assist the applicant or licensee with startup and ongoing costs. For purposes of this paragraph, “startup and ongoing costs” include, but are not limited to, rent, leases, local and state application and licensing fees, regulatory adherence, testing of cannabis, equipment, capital improvements, and training and retention of a qualified and diverse workforce.
(2) To support local equity program efforts to provide sources of capital to local equity applicants and local equity licensees.
(3) To provide direct technical assistance to local equity applicants and local equity licensees.
(4) To assist in the administration of local equity programs.
(c) An eligible local jurisdiction that receives a grant pursuant to subdivision (a) shall, on or before January 1 of the year following receipt of the grant and annually thereafter for each year that grant funds are expended, submit an annual report to the bureau that includes all of the following information:
(1) How the local jurisdiction disbursed grant funds.
(2) How the local jurisdiction identified local equity applicants or local equity licensees, including how the local jurisdiction determines who qualifies as a local equity applicant or local equity licensee.
(3) The number of local equity applicants and local equity licensees that were served by the grant funds.
(4) Demographic data on equity applicants, equity licensees, and other applicants and licensees in the jurisdiction, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, income level, prior convictions, and veteran status. This information will be consolidated and reported without the individual’s identifying information.
(d) An eligible local jurisdiction that receives a grant pursuant to this section shall use no more than 10 percent of the state grant for administration, including employing staff or hiring consultants to administer grants and the program.
To facilitate greater equity in business ownership and employment in the cannabis market, the bureau shall do all of the following:
(a) Serve as a point of contact for local equity programs.
(b) On or before July 1, 2019, publish approved local equity ordinances and model local equity ordinances created by advocacy groups and experts to the bureau’s Internet Web site. Advocacy groups and experts may include, but are not limited to, minority business owners and entrepreneurs, organizations with expertise in addressing barriers to employment and licensure for low-income communities or persons with prior arrests or convictions, and unions representing cannabis workers.
(c) To the extent feasible, coordinate with the relevant local jurisdictions to carry out the responsibilities described in this section.
(a) On or before July 1, 2020, the bureau shall submit a report to the Legislature regarding the progress of local equity programs that have received funding pursuant to Section 26244.
(b) The report shall include, but is not limited to, the following information:
(1) The cities, counties, and cities and counties that have enacted local equity programs.
(2) The number of local equity applicants and general applicants applying for and receiving licenses in the jurisdictions that received grants.
(3) Information collected pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 26244.
(c) The bureau shall post the report required by this section on its Internet Web site.
(d) The report required by this section shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, and shall apply notwithstanding Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.