Additional Lawsuit Filed in Los Angeles Over Social Equity Program
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Additional Lawsuit Filed in Los Angeles Over Social Equity Program

Applicants claim that the city hasn’t considered their applications.

November 6, 2020

A new lawsuit has been filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court over the City of Angels’ social equity program. The social equity applicants behind the suit oppose the city providing licenses to any more businesses until it reviews the plaintiffs’ applications, according to Law360.

The applicants allege in their Oct. 30 suit that the Los Angeles government has not considered their retail license applications, violating their due process and equal protection rights under the U.S. Constitution, the site reports.

According to the L.A. County Superior Court’s website, Angel City Partners LLC, CA Equity Advisors, Equity Awareness Group LLC, Reviving Our Community Alliance LLC and four individuals filed the suit against the city, its Department of Cannabis Regulation and that agency’s executive director, Cat Packer.

The allegations follow others related to the city’s social equity program. In one suit, prospective equity business owners claimed they were shut out of the application process. In another, later suit, applicants claimed that because the city amended its cannabis regulations as part of a legal settlement, additional inequities arose.