Applicants vying for a cannabis retail business license in L.A. say the first-come, first-serve process the city used was fundamentally flawed. The Social Equity Owners and Workers Association, along with one of its members, have filed a lawsuit that would compel the city to either consider all the licensing applications it received last fall or develop its own process that would offer an equal shot to all applicants.
The problem, according to the plaintiffs in this case, was that some applicants were given early access to the online application form, effectively pushing the rest of the applicants to the back of the line. Upon investigation, it appears internet speed was a factor in how quickly some applicants were able to submit their requests for consideration. The most disproportionately affected neighborhoods and individuals would be more prone to have slower internet speeds. Continue reading