On May 17, 2016, Oakland City Council approved the Dispensary Equity Permit Program, a program that requires half of new dispensary permits to be reserved for residents of East Oakland or those convicted of a marijuana-related offense within the past 10 years, according to East Bay Express.
Oakland currently has eight dispensaries. With the city planning to issue eight new permits per year, Councilwoman Desley Brooks introduced the measure as a means of giving minorities an opportunity to participate in the local cannabis industry.
“When we look at the eight we have one that is owned by an African-American. One out of eight,” Brooks said, as reported by The Mercury News. “Everybody ought to have an opportunity to compete.”