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on profits, growth, and other capitalistic tendencies — the cannabis industry includes an agenda to right the wrongs of outdated laws and policies in order to create more equitable opportunities.
The ‘RC’ in SPARC originally stood for “Resource Center” — we know that education and access to information is a critical part of supporting the cannabis community. In our ongoing commitment to create a fair and legal cannabis industry, SPARC continues to be a top resources center for the cannabis industry.