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San Diego’s Social Justice Proposal Could Provide Needed Reforms

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San Diego’s proposal to create a social equality program would introduce eligibility criteria that would help participants find locations, obtain funding, and obtain monetary guidance from existing members of the cannabis industry.

It will create a revolving loan fund starting with $5 million from the city’s cannabis tax revenue. That probably wouldn’t be a problem, as San Diego reported more than $24 million in cannabis tax revenue collected during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Only those who meet these two criteria will be eligible:

  • Applicants must have been convicted of a cannabis offense, or a loved one must have been convicted of a cannabis offense, after January 1, 1994, within San Diego city limits.
  • Applicants must be current or former residents, for at least five cumulative years between 1980 and 2016, in Barrio Logan, Linda Vista, Southeast San Diego, Encanto, Golden Hill, North Park, City Heights, the College District, or San Ysidro.

Applicants must also meet two of these four criteria:

  • The family’s income is less than 80% of the region’s median income.
  • Lost housing in San Diego through eviction, foreclosure, or benefit cancellation after 1994.
  • He attended school in the San Diego Unified School District for at least five years between 1971 and 2016.
  • It was included in the foster care system at any time between 1971 and 2016.

“We no longer speak abstractly,” Kim Desmond, president of the San Diego City Division of Race and Equity, said. Tell San Diego Union Tribune. “It’s an industry full of racial disparities.”

Bruce Mayberry, CEO of the Central Black Chamber of Commerce in San Diego, echoed those remarks, adding that the city must take action.

“If you look at the number of African Americans who have been imprisoned and their lives turned upside down when cannabis was illegal, and now you look at the number of African Americans who benefit from cannabis now that it is legal, you can make an argument that another crime is being committed, Mayberry He said.

Equity problems in San Diego

City and county problems San Diego It has already been set.

On July 7, the city of San Diego released a file Cannabis property rights report projectdetailing how blacks and Latinos make up about 50% of all cannabis arrests since 2015, even though they only make up 29% of San Diego’s population.

Problems of property misrepresentation are another aspect of the problem: The study found that in San Diego County, 68% of cannabis business license holders are white, while whites make up 44% of the county’s total population.

Latinos make up 34% of the total population – yet only own 14% of cannabis trading licenses. Blacks make up 5.6% of the county’s population and hold about 7% of cannabis licenses, possibly due to recent efforts.

The study also found a large disparity between men and women business owners.

San Diego’s proposal for a cannabis rights program will receive its next city council hearing on September 20. It must be approved by late October in order to meet a state-imposed deadline for the next round of cannabis stock funding, which is expected to approach $2 million, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

San Diego sound Reports The sale, distribution, manufacture and cultivation of cannabis is still prohibited in unregistered areas, but there is a law at the county level Expected to include social justice provisions. That ordinance could come up next year with a vote of the county board of supervisors.

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