Vista gets $75,000 state grant to research cannabis industry equity

Marijuana plants. (Photo by Elsa Olofsson, via Unsplash)


OsideNewsA $75,000 state grant will aid Vista in assessing social equity in potential cannabis industries in the city, officials recently announced.

The grant comes from the Cannabis Equity Grant for Local Jurisdictions program, offered through the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Funds will go toward the hiring of a consultant with the goal of building a social equity program for cannabis cultivation and related businesses in Vista, according to a city announcement.

With the grant in place, the city will now search for a consulting firm and develop an assessment process.

The grant program is a stipulation of Proposition 64, which California voters approved in 2016. The measure includes an element calling for regulating the legal cannabis industry so that it “reduces barriers to entry into the legal, regulated market,” according to the grant program’s website.

The Office of Business and Economic Development administers the grant program.