What is an equity applicant?

The City of Watsonville adopted an ordinance to mitigate the barriers to equity within the commercial cannabis market place for populations that have been negatively or disproportionally impacted by cannabis criminalization and for pursuing aid from compassionate cannabis care programs. The ordinance can be found here. Equity applicants are those that have submitted documentation to the City in compliance with the Equity Ordinance that prove that they have been negatively impacted by cannabis criminalization and from pursuing compassionate care programs.

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1. Is there a limit on the number of facilities allowed in the City?
2. How many permits are available at this time?
3. Do I need to make an appointment to submit my application?
4. What form of payment will the City accept?
5. Where do I mail my completed application?
6. I do not want to send my application through the mail. Is there a more secure way to submit my application?
7. Are there separation requirements for cannabis facilities from residential and other uses?
8. How do I find out if a potential business location meets the ordinance requirements?
9. Is there a map showing potentially eligible sites?
10. What is the application process for a cannabis facility?
11. Can I apply for a cannabis permit at anytime?
12. Do all owners, managers and employees need a criminal background check?
13. How is the background check conducted?
14. Do all owners, managers and employees need to obtain an identification badge?
15. What is involved with a Live Scan criminal history check?
16. How do I obtain an identification badge?
17. What are the fees to apply for a Cannabis Use Permit?
18. What is an equity applicant?
19. How do I find out if I qualify as an equity applicant?
20. What benefits will the City provide to equity applicants?
21. Can I sell my cannabis use permit to another business?
22. I am considering bringing on additional investors. Do I need to contact the City?
23. I have an existing cannabis cultivation business in the City. What permit do I need to expand my cultivation area?
24. I have an existing cultivation and/or manufacturing business in the City and I want to apply for a non-storefront delivery permit. What do I need to do?
25. I want to apply for multiple permits during the application period. Do I have to pay separate permit fees for each type of permit?