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FIVE QUESTIONS
What will you do about the
underground market and
bringing unlicensed operators
into the regulated market?
There's a lot of urgency around this
issue.
DCR has no authority under local
law to enforce against unlicensed
activity. ... Nor do we have any
authority to directly influence how
other city agencies prioritize their
resources to address this issue.
Folks are using the complaint
portal in the department to make
complaints about illegal businesses
and legal businesses.
If it's an illegal business, it will go
to (the police). They can go in ... and
disconnect the water and power.
Then Department of Building and
Safety comes in with a civil enforcement
activity to padlock and board
the premises.
But as we know, this is a Whac-aMole
game.
We even asked for $10 million
(from the City Council) to create
a fund this year that different
agencies would draw from for
various activities related to
enforcement.
That wasn't a request that was
honored. You're definitely going
to see more robust enforcement
activity.
What's your plan to assist
social equity applicants and
license holders?
We've developed an online
learning-management system that
offers over 90 hours of educational
cannabis business content.
In April, we were doing two
business, licensing and compliance
webinars a week on topics ranging
from inventory to security to hiring
to how to fill out insurance forms.
We're also developing a capital
case workers pilot for 20 people.
The program is designed for
applicants who have passed through
the pre-application review stage.
We're pairing them with coaching
consultants who will help assist
them with financial literacy,
credit repair, access to capital
and assistance locating compliant
properties.
We just got another $5.7 million
from the state, and that's going
toward a rental-assistance program.
We had a really successful career
fair in March. We now have a board
up so people can post jobs, and job
seekers can find jobs.
This interview was edited for length
and clarity.
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