The City of Oakland is seeking to advance workforce development opportunities in the cannabis industry for those most harmed by the war on drugs through $1,000,000 in grant funds received from the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz). Specifically, the Cannabis Workforce Development Grant Program will provide up to $50,000 for each equity applicant that recruits, trains, and retains a qualified and diverse workforce. This program can serve as a win-win for equity business owners and employees by:

Supporting equity business owners as they grow their business; and

Offering equity employees with the training and experience needed to place them on the path to high-quality, well-paying jobs. within the cannabis industry or in other industries beyond the one-year grant period.

Interested in landing a job in the legal cannabis industry? Starting rate = $20 / hour, and includes training. Fill out form below. 

Our goal is to place people of color into non-entry level positions in the cannabis industry by offering paid training along two career tracks: Manufacturing and METRC/Compliance. Manufacturing Track: There are several products manufactured in cannabis ranging from edibles to infused prerolls to various concentrates. Our program will train participants on the most common procedures and machinery used in the cannabis industry. METRC/Compliance Track: METRC is the software associated with California's seed-to-sale track and trace program. In the legal cannabis supply chain the plant must be tracked from seed to sale, so knowledge of compliance and METRC is essential to every cannabis business.

Are you an operator? Read more about the cannabis equity workforce development program from the City of Oakland here


Do you have a cannabis-related conviction in the City of Oakland between November 5, 1996 - present?*

Have you lived in a police beat in the City of Oakland for the past 2 years or more? See regions outlined in red below.*

Do you have a high school diploma or GED?*

Tell us about the last time you learned a new skill or task (for example: playing an instrument, biking, how to do an oil change).*