Cannabis Equity Applicant Requirements

To be eligible for the Equity Program, you must first meet the requirements below.

Equity Conditions

Applicant must provide documentation that sufficiently demonstrates that the applicant satisfies any one of the following Classifications and Requirements:

  1. Requirements for Individuals

Requirements for Individual(s) Applicants:

  • Applicant must be a person twenty-one (21) years of older
  • Applicant must be a current or former resident of the City of Richmond who previously resided or current resides in a low-income household.
    • “Low-income household” means a household whose income does not exceed 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) applicable to Contra Costa County, adjusted for family size as published and annually updated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development pursuant to section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937
  • Applicant must satisfy either Classification 1 or 2
    • Classification 1 (for individuals):
      • Applicant must meets at least one (1) of the following criteria: 
        • arrested or convicted in California for any crime under the laws of the State of California or the United States relating to the sale, possession, use, manufacture, or cultivation of Cannabis that occurred prior to November 8, 2016;
        • or is an immediate family member (a person in the first, second, or third degree of lineal or collateral kinship as defined in chapter 13 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the California Probate Code) of an individual described in subsection a of Classification 1 or Classification 2
    • Classification 2 (for individuals):
      • Applicant must meets at least one (1) of the following criteria: 
        • Has lived in the City of Richmond for at least four (4) years; 
        • Attended a school in the City of Richmond under the jurisdiction of the West Contra Costa Unified School District for five (5) years, either consecutively or in total, during the period 1971-2016; 
        • Has lived in public housing in the City of Richmond for at least four (4) years;
        • After 1995, either lost housing in the City of Richmond, as evidenced by eviction, foreclosure, or revocation of housing subsidy
  1. Requirements for Businesses
  1. INCOME AND ASSET TEST Requirements