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14B.130.055 Social Equity Program.

(Added by Ordinance No. 189183, effective September 26, 2018.)

A.  Applicants may request participation in the Social Equity Program by demonstrating qualifications on a form provided by the Office of Community & Civic Life.

1.  To qualify as a Social Equity Applicant, the applicant must demonstrate at least one of the following qualifying factors:

a.  Applicant provides opportunities to individuals directly impacted by criminal prosecutions during cannabis prohibition as demonstrated by:

(1)  25 percent or greater of ownership is represented by individuals with a federal or state conviction for a criminal offense committed prior to July 1, 2015 in which possession, delivery or manufacture of marijuana or marijuana items is an element, whether misdemeanor or felony; or

(2)  20 percent or greater of staff hours are represented by individuals with a federal or state conviction for a criminal offense committed prior to July 1, 2015 in which possession, delivery or manufacture of marijuana or marijuana items is an element, whether misdemeanor or felony.

b.  Applicant is a small business as demonstrated by:

(1)  The business entity seeking the license and all business entities, including any parent companies, associate companies, subsidiaries or affiliates, with an ownership interest of 10 percent or greater, have a combined annual total income less than $750,000 in the preceding calendar year; and

 (2)  In total, no more than two other state recreational or medical cannabis licenses are pending for or have been obtained by the business entity seeking the license and all individuals and entities with 10 percent or greater ownership interest, including any parent companies, associate companies, subsidiaries or affiliates business entity owners.

c.  Applicant is a small business, as defined by Portland City Code Subsection 14B.130.055 A.1.b., and contracts with an ancillary industry vendor(s) certified by the State of Oregon as an emerging small business, pursuant to OAR 123-200-1700, and/or as socially and economically disadvantaged, pursuant to OAR 123-200-1210.

(1)  If the application is for a new license, the entity seeking the license must have paid the vendor(s) a total of at least $30,000 during the 24 months immediately preceding license issuance, for expenses directly related to the marijuana business seeking the license.

(2)  If the application is for a renewal license, the entity seeking the license must have paid the vendor(s) a total of at least $30,000 during the most recent licensing period, for expenses directly related to the marijuana business seeking the license.

(3)  The marijuana business, or any owners, including any parent companies, associate companies, subsidiaries or affiliates, must not have any shared ownership with the ancillary industry vendor(s) or its parent companies, associate companies, subsidiaries or affiliates.

2.  A Social Equity Applicant that meets one of the qualifying factors shall receive Marijuana Regulatory License fee credits as follows:

a.  15 percent credit from the Marijuana Regulatory License fee; and

b.  If the application is for a producer or processor marijuana regulatory license, the Social Equity Applicant will receive credit in the form of a license fee credit for documented payments to Bureau of Development Services for related Life Safety Preliminary Meetings and Early Assistance Meetings, or substantially similar assistance programs available at Bureau of Development Services. The license fee credit will be up to the lesser of $750 or the total license fee.

c.   Requests for credit should be directed to the Office of Community and Civic Life. All such credits will be deducted from the Marijuana Regulatory License fees.

3.  A Social Equity Applicant that meets at least two of the qualifying factors shall receive Marijuana Regulatory License fee credit as follows:

a.  25 percent credit from the Marijuana Regulatory License fee; and

b.  If the application is for a producer or processor marijuana regulatory license, the Social Equity Applicant will receive credit in the form of a license fee credit for documented payments to Bureau of Development Services for related Life Safety Preliminary Meetings and Early Assistance Meetings, or substantially similar assistance programs available at Bureau of Development Services. The license fee credit will be up to the lesser of $1,500 or the total license fee.

c.    Requests for credit should be directed to the Office of Community and Civic Life. All such credits will be deducted from the Marijuana Regulatory License fees.