Success Centers launches new program to boost cannabis entrepreneurship in California

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The initiative is designed to promote entrepreneurial opportunities for minorities

In an effort to boost employment and place San Francisco’s black community in full-time positions in the cannabis industry, Success Centers announced the launch of its Equity Pathways Industry Apprenticeship Program yesterday. The project comes after seeing how the industry is clearly underrepresenting the black community, so the idea is to level the playing field and make opportunities more equitable. With the support of the San Francisco Equity Group (SFEG), the four-month cannabis apprenticeship program will become the first of its kind; an apprenticeship with on-the-job training and placement.

While it is true that the black community represents 14% of the country’s population, recent research has indicated that all cannabis businesses owners are represented by only 2% of this group of people of color. And while the regulated industry in the Golden State and in San Francisco is booming, the city’s black residents only continue to endure disproportionately higher drug arrests, in addition to having a current unemployment rate nearly three times higher than the city average. The Golden City currently has 40 dispensaries and 75 supply and delivery companies, which means there should be plenty of opportunities for black people to have a job in this growing market.

“Breaking the cycle of poverty and increasing Black equity in this city means long-term, sustainable employment,” Liz Jackson-Simpson, CEO of Success Centers said. “That’s why we’re excited to partner with industry professionals like SFEG who represent the community and have first-hand knowledge of the Equity program and our services.”

The idea of the program is to place black residents in positions that contain a full-time living wage at marijuana businesses located in the city once they have gone through the entire apprenticeship process, which will also receive assistance from a local cannabis company.