Social Equity Programs are designed to lower barriers to cannabis licensing for those hardest hit by the War on Drugs.

Thousands of lives — predominantly within communities of color — have been negatively impacted by cannabis prohibition. In an attempt to counter this history, many states and cities have implemented Social Equity Programs in connection alongside cannabis legalization.

Social Equity Programs create a more inclusive and diverse industry. They help provide ownership opportunities, expand educational tools, end policies that burden communities disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs, and invest in communities that have been disenfranchised due to the consequences of drug policies of the past. While other industries have focused purely on profits, growth, and other capitalistic tendencies — the cannabis industry includes an agenda to right the wrongs of outdated laws and policies in order to create more equitable opportunities.

In our continued commitment to create a fair and legal cannabis industry, SPARC continues to be a top resources center for the cannabis industry. (Fun fact, the ‘RC’ in SPARC originally stood for “Resource Center”!)

California Guides on Cannabis Use

  • Cannabis FAQ (2017) — Dept of Public Health information sheet of questions and answers about cannabis use for consumers
  • Safe Use Flier (2017) — Dept of Public Health information sheet on safety precautions when using cannabis
  • What is Illegal Medical Flier (2017) — Dept of Public Health information on the penalties of illegal use and possession of medical cannabis
  • What is Legal Medical Flier (2017) — Dept of Public Health information on the legal use and possession of medical cannabis
  • What is Illegal Adult Use Flier (2017) — Dept of Public Health information on the penalties of illegal use and possession of adult use cannabis
  • What is Legal Adult Use Flier (2017) — Dept of Public Health information on the legal use and possession of adult use cannabis

SF Cannabis Social Equity Center

  • Applicant Qualifications Webpage — Link to the San Francisco Office of Cannabis list of qualifiers and documents needed for being a verified social equity applicant in SF
  • Incubator Info Webpage — Link to the San Francisco Office of Cannabis list of cannabis operators looking for social equity partners
  • Verification Webpage — Link to the San Francisco Office of Cannabis portal to apply to be a verified social equity applicant
  • Know Your Rights Webpage — Link to the San Francisco Office of Cannabis FAQ on your cannabis rights in San Francisco

SF Employment Support

  • First Source SF DEI Resources (2017) — San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development flier on the Disability Employment Initiative services offered, and locations to access the services
  • First Source SF Job Readiness Program Outline (2018) — San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development flier on Job Readiness Services provided to residents
  • OEWD Job Centers — San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development web page listing contact and location information on where to access Job Readiness services
  • OEWD Rapid Response to Layoff Program (2017) — San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development flier for SF residents that have or will be laid-off, with information on resources for getting through the layoff, and finding a new career

Learn more about career opportunities at SPARC

Social Equity Brands

At SPARC retail stores, we’ve always prided ourselves on connecting our customers with the best brands on the market. As part of our diverse assortment we proudly carry, support, and promote several social equity brands. Each brand has a unique story and a unique product — and we encourage you to learn more about the social equity brands that we support.

Interested in becoming a SF verified social equity vendor to SPARC? Get more information here.

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