The City of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation will accept Social Equity Individual Applicant verification requests from May 26, 2022, to July 25, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The requirements for the Social Equity Individual Applicant verification are below.

Verification of a Social Equity Individual Application (“SEIA”) is required to submit a commercial cannabis business license application to conduct retail, non-retail delivery, and cultivation activities until January 1, 2025. Please note that individuals who were previously verified as SEIA in 2019 and who wish to participate in Phase 3 Round 2 lottery for Storefront Retail licenses, must be verified again under the updated criteria and have a California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction to register for the lottery. The eligibility criteria for verification changed in 2020.

How do I know if I am eligible to be verified as a SEIA for Phase 3 Retail Round 2?

In order to participate in Phase 3 Retail Round 2 lottery, the SEIA must be verified with: 

  • A qualifying California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction prior to November 8, 2016 (please note: an arrest, prosecution or conviction for a violation of Proposition D is not a California Cannabis Arrest on Conviction); AND, either
  • 10 years of cumulative residency in a Disproportionately Impacted Area (“DIA”) as defined by police reporting districts; OR
  • Qualify as Low Income in the 2020 or 2021 calendar year.

How is Low Income Defined?

Low Income means both of the following requirements are met:  

  • The SEIA meets the low-income thresholds established in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) income limits based upon the Area Median Income (AMI) for Los Angeles County based on household size: 
    1. 2021
      •  Single person household – below $66,250 
      • Household of four – below $94,600 i; 
    2. 2020
      • Single person household – below $63,100
      • Household of four – below $90,100.00; and
  • The SEIA does not have assets in excess of four times the AMI amount for their household. Examples of assets: savings accounts, checking accounts, certificates of deposits, money market accounts, stocks, trusts, gifts and real estate. 

Residency requirements:

What documents will qualify?

  • Arrest or conviction: 
    1. A physical copy of the ticket or citation; 
    2. A court docket referencing the arrest or conviction; 
    3. A letter of expungement from the jurisdiction who expunged the cannabis conviction or arrest record. 
  • Low Income: 
    1. Federal tax return for 2020 or 2021; 
    2. Letter from IRS stating you were NOT required to file taxes. 
  • Residency: 
    1. One dated document for each year of residency;  
    2. Legal name on the document must match the legal name on the verification request or evidence linking the legal names must be provided. 
    3. Types of accepted documents: 
      • Tax or financial records; 
      • Property deeds, mortgage or lease documents; 
      • Government housing or assistance records; 
      • Utility Bills; 
      • Education records; 
      • Employment records; 
      • Vehicle registrations; 
      • Identification cards

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Blog by Tatyana Brenner, May 13, 2022.

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