Los Angeles Selects 100 More Social Equity Applicants Following Lawsuit

Los Angeles Selects 100 More Social Equity Applicants Following Lawsuit
High Times

The city of Los Angeles’ Department of Cannabis Regulation last week announced that it had “successfully conducted the retail application lottery, also known as the Phase 3 Retail Round 2 Lottery,” during which it “selected 100 verified Social Equity Individual Applicants (SEIAs) for the opportunity to apply for a cannabis retail license in the City of Los Angeles.” “The Lottery was the culmination of nine months of planning, including a verification process that allowed individuals to request verification as a Social Equity Individual Applicant (SEIA). More than 1,000 individuals requested verification and over 500 SEIAs met the criteria to participate and timely registered to be entered in the Lottery. Additional information on the SEIA criteria and process can be found here,” the city said in a statement on Thursday. “The SEIA verification criteria align with the mission of the Social Equity Program (SEP) to promote equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry. The SEP is an integral part of the Department of Cannabis Regulation and provides economic opportunities for those most affected by the War on Drugs,” the statement continued. That application process faced a legal challenge, when a Michigan man named Kenneth Gay sued the city last month.  Per MJBizDaily, Gay “filed the California lawsuit a month after filing a similar suit in New York, where a federal judge ruled that state regulators couldn’t issue dozens of adult-use marijuana retail licenses until the legal action was resolved,” after it was determined that he “didn’t meet the criteria for eligibility under L.A. law, which requires an applicant to have a ‘prior California cannabis arrest or conviction’ and either be low income or live in an area identified as disproportionately affected by policing.” In his lawsuit, Gay asserted that “he satisfied all three requirements, ‘except that the relevant events…

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