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Equity Dispensary Community Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
steven contreras
46:16
there needs to be at least 1 equity retail locations in every district - there are 9 districts in LB.. why propose only 8?
Miriel Bereal
46:55
Truth be told… there needs to be an equal amount of dispensaries. If there are 32, non equity, there needs to be 32, equity.
Sanjeevi Rao
48:06
32 equity dispensaries
MICHAEL Fletcher
48:53
that would be hugely disproportionate to population.
DR GREGORY CANILLAS
49:12
I agree. 32 would be a good number to add. That moves us more toward equity.
Tamika Boyce
49:13
15-20 additional licenses for social equity ONLY
Sanjeevi Rao
49:17
You can also allow additional benefits to 32 existing dispensaries to take on equity applicants as partners
Demetric Woodard
49:20
Will they be on the point system or a lottery for these née spaces
Demetric Woodard
49:30
*new
james marks
49:31
yes 2nd biggest city in LA county
Tiffany Williams
49:41
I absolutely agree that it should be and equal amount as the regular licenses, or at least 50%/16 licenses.
John Kindred
51:43
The people in the area should be ask how they feel about this
steven contreras
51:53
agreed
Joseph Montes
52:31
They have had a monopoly for many years .
Sheryl Adams
53:41
Whatever the number is, the question is IS THE CITY GOING TO HELP US BY BUYING PROPERTY AND HOUSING US.
Miriel Bereal
54:38
Sheryl, ive asked them that before too. LB City holds property, they could help us even more with allowing us to utilize those properties. Ensuring our success and helping us to avoid predatory practices
John Kindred
55:25
Do the LB Community support more in their areas and do we know all the affects?
Carlos Zepeda
57:18
NY is allocating 50 percent of their licenses to social equity applicants including dispensaries. We need to start off with at least 14 and gradually move closer to 50 percent ratio.
Edgar Cruz
58:06
New green opportunities for equity applicants should be a discussion
Sheryl Adams
01:01:32
Amen James
steven contreras
01:02:01
great point James and Edgar!
Jennifer Bakken
01:02:27
Exactly, Edgar!
Tamika Boyce
01:03:10
I reached out to ALL of the incubators and never have received a response to this day. They agreed to help us as a condition of receiving their licenses and have not kept their promise to the city or to social equity applicants
Sheryl Adams
01:03:49
George Floyd
Jennifer Bakken
01:04:02
Spot on, Tamika.
Sheryl Adams
01:04:12
Is why they SAY they’re now going to help
Sanjeevi Rao
01:04:19
The incubators should have licenses on conditional basis so they have an incentive to have help
elisha jancik
01:04:56
I have an idea on how to improve the incubation program
Pam Chotiswatdi
01:07:40
Licenses need an incubation program and evaluation process to follow for best practices- this my own opinion as a LB resident and public health professional
John Kindred
01:07:48
What about the pollution and litter problems that has never been address and adding to climate change and other problems? While some make money, their also adding to the problems above and not addressing the problems like other businesses...
Mark Mabutas
01:08:50
Merit based rfq similar to fresno equity program and Sacramento’s. Lottery is not equitable.
Joseph Montes
01:10:14
I believe a hybrid but a huge focus on a community based business plan focusing on equity applicants plans to give back to the community in the forms for hiring, homelessness , veterans support, and city clean up. Its obvious that the 32 aren’t doing there part so the next 32 social equity can set an example.
DR GREGORY CANILLAS
01:11:03
I think the merit based is the fairest way to go. Applicants should be able to speak to the personal equity impact and their plan for community impact (e.g., job creation).
james marks
01:13:12
thats exactly what i was saying
james marks
01:13:19
exactly!!!
James Burnett
01:13:40
exactly
Sheryl Adams
01:16:29
I think a PUBLIC lottery, minorities only offering shared space for two businesses.
Tamika Boyce
01:17:02
Well stated Muriel 👏🏾
M Macias
01:24:17
I have a friend who was social equity in stockton. They had a lottery process virtually. There was no fair chance for anyone to show their qualifications or plan to give back to the community. They felt robbed from the results. The same person “Vang” won different permits.
Tiffany Williams
01:24:59
Absolutely agree with James
james marks
01:26:32
Community board as a part of that merit based vetting system
james marks
01:27:33
preach
Tamika Boyce
01:27:46
#facts
james marks
01:27:51
you see the discrimination again disguised
steven contreras
01:27:54
there were a ton of lops and a lottery system for the original ops
steven contreras
01:28:02
hoops*
james marks
01:31:41
discrimination disguised
Tamika Boyce
01:34:16
Absolutely!!!!
Miriel Bereal
01:38:06
A lot of the property owners in the green zone have either A, been told that their property is located within the zone, or B, are holding out on their properties themselves which in turn causes them to increase the rental amounts by 300%. It makes acquiring property for us, near impossible. Please help us, if you all have any properties available as the majority of owners are not interested in renting to people of color looking to erect cannabis businesses. We’ve been negatively stigmatized, and those effects from the past, are still present, now.
Pam Chotiswatdi
01:38:46
The 32 had to break stigma and advocate for patients to even get in. Compromise through compassion. Cannabis decriminalization started in the 90s aids epidemic and thats the path to even break legalization- again my own opinion and its up against a100 year racist policy
Khalil Ferguson
01:42:58
What have the 32 dispensaries done for marginalized communities since the effort to decriminalize cannabis? Any expungement work or reinvestment into these communities?
Pam Chotiswatdi
01:43:14
Reduced Stigma in the community has played a big part in needed change in all cannabis policy as community is also looking at it in a different way.
Tiffany Williams
01:43:32
Absolutely Jovi! Brilliant. 👏🏼👏🏼
james marks
01:44:53
agreed Pam that's why I said a lot the majority of those in the Community don't know of the work that's being done
james marks
01:45:42
khalil , spot on
Edgar Cruz
01:46:14
There was an incubation plan set for by the city with cannabis entities including the 32 dispensaries that chose to do nothing until they felt it was best to do so, and then still we have to understand the motives on who is helping now and why.
Pam Chotiswatdi
01:46:25
Yes some have participated in record changing clinics and efforts to strengthen the equity program - all after advocating for adult use and reducing taxes and trying to navigate state changes and regulations- we all have to unite -
james marks
01:46:29
yes muriel my mom has rheumatoid and use cbd
elliot lewis
01:46:37
should be able to unmute now
Edgar Cruz
01:46:46
The city had a community reinvestment program within the social equity program and haven’t done anything for the community
james marks
01:47:09
edgar right on
steven contreras
01:47:19
keep compassion in cannabis
Pam Chotiswatdi
01:48:50
When business from the traditional market have no direction or city support for make a community program ofcourse its not going to work. We have issues connecting non-cannabis businesses to support the community -
Violeta Aguilar-Wyrick-Catalyst Cannabis Co
01:51:06
Catalyst Cares team is happy to partner and share with social equity applicants tips on how to connect and build successful community outreach programs, including expungement/record clearing, incubator, and other equity initiatives
Pam Chotiswatdi
01:51:36
The community reinvestment plan as is has nothing robust just like the equity program — thats why it does not work -this process is trying to change that - everything is new accept actual growing and consumption
Tamika Boyce
01:53:14
Is Catalyst willing to dedicate shelve space for social equity manufacturers and cultivators (brands) in an effort to help equity business operators and the community who do not have paths to the retail market?
Miriel Bereal
01:53:33
Compassion… Thats the point behind this plant… GOD gave us every herb bearing seed. We use this to help our bodies, to balance our bodies and to heal our bodies. Mountains can be moved, barriers taken down… it’s just a matter of ‘time’ and your faith to do so.
steven contreras
01:55:20
EVERY SOCIAL EQUITY APPLICANTS NEED THIS PROTECTION
Violeta Aguilar-Wyrick-Catalyst Cannabis Co
01:56:05
@Tamika yes we do that, and we are happy to chat more to expand on what we have built thus far
Sanjeevi Rao
01:58:05
We need all of the protection options. Business Structure review is more important
Violeta Aguilar-Wyrick-Catalyst Cannabis Co
02:02:41
@Tamika also please check out our partner @CarlosZepeda Pusherman Delivery
james marks
02:05:29
lol
Miriel Bereal
02:05:49
made me laugh too Blue
Tiffany Williams
02:05:55
Thank you Michael
Eric Lightman
02:10:36
Agree with you Michael 100% for what it's worht
Eric Lightman
02:11:13
Why create a panel of who knows who controlled by who knows who to "Self police". Any questionable materials should be submitted to the city and the city should decide
Jovi Davis
02:14:49
YESSSSSS!!!! 👏🏾 a mentorship component would be amazing
Miriel Bereal
02:15:19
And them wanting to control the operation. Causing you to take a backseat, to your own opportunity. We, as equity applicants, can work together, with a few of us working together on one dispensary, to create a sustainable, truly 100% equity owned business.
brittany mcdaniel
02:16:37
I agree
Edgar Cruz
02:23:38
Agreed!!!
Tamika Boyce
02:23:48
I agree with Sheryl!
james marks
02:24:09
yes
brittany mcdaniel
02:24:17
yes
Miriel Bereal
02:24:33
The City, does absolutely nothing when you tell them about the predatory practices that you were targeted in. I told LA City MULTIPLE times to no avail, though I do pray that LB City is different. That this, is different. We, as LB, set the standard and show the world what SE is SUPPOSED to look like.
Tiffany Williams
02:25:14
I think we need both. We need buildings and we need all above mentioned as well.
Sheryl Adams
02:25:58
That’s right James put OUR money where your moth is.
Sheryl Adams
02:26:06
Mouth
Carlos Zepeda
02:26:20
Hybrid. The DCR has not done what they were designed to do. Agree with Elliot. Private sector policing the public sector and vice versa sounds like the solution.
Tamika Boyce
02:26:37
The main reason that we enter into agreements with investors and partners is because we can not afford to get past milestone #1. If the city would help with the acquiring of property, more applicants can get started and use their grant funding and not need an investor or partner! It’s NOT that difficult
Miriel Bereal
02:27:51
Yes, Tamika, ive told them that many times. Y’all have the money, give it to us so we can succeed.
Edgar Cruz
02:28:14
Thank you Emily for your hard work
Tye Hodson
02:28:28
Thank you!
Sanjeevi Rao
02:28:37
Thank you Emily
Edgar Cruz
02:28:39
Thank you Tye Hudson for the great work!
Tiffany Williams
02:28:45
Thank you Emily, thank you Tye!
Miriel Bereal
02:28:46
Thank you Tye and Emily
Tamika Boyce
02:28:48
Thank you Tye & Emily!
Rahul Sen
02:28:51
Thank you Emily!
DR GREGORY CANILLAS
02:28:54
thank you
Pam Chotiswatdi
02:29:08
Thank you OCO
Demetric Woodard
02:29:20
Good Night, Thank you all