Cannabis dispensaries are an essential business that have remained open through the pandemic. But many Angelenos have long complained that white people are predominantly profiting in the industry.
LA has tried to mitigate that with their “Social Equity Program.” The program allows people affected by the war on drugs to be prioritized in getting dispensary licenses. But since the program began, it has been riddled with issues. Last week, the LA City Council voted unanimously to overhaul it, hoping to repair some of the damage.