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The CORE Program is a program created to assist individuals and communities who are facing barriers to starting cannabis businesses due to the historical disparate enforcement of cannabis crimes.

On November 28, 2017, the City Council authorized staff to create a program to address the negative impacts of disproportionate enforcement of cannabis related regulation in the city of Sacramento before the adoption of Proposition 64 and directed staff to return to City Council with a resolution to establish the program.

On August 9, 2018, the City Council adopted Resolution 2018-0323 establishing the program and adopting a zero-dollar fee and appropriate a funding for business permits for CORE participants.


To be eligible for the CORE Program, they must qualify under one of the five classifications below. Classifications 1 and 2 are for individuals, while Classifications 3, 4 and 5 are for businesses.


  • Lives in a low-income household, AND:

    a) Have been arrested for cannabis–related crime between 1980-2011 or

    b) An immediate family member who meets the description above


  • Lived in a low income household in the following zip codes for 5 consecutive years between 1980 and 2011: 95811, 95815, 95817, 95820, 95823, 96824, 95826, 95828 and 95818


  • Businesses with no less then 51% ownership by Classifications 1& 2 individuals.


  • CORE Program Incubator. CORE Incubator means a cannabis business which as a condition for receiving priority processing, either:

    1. Hosts a participant; 30% of its workforce are Classification 1 or 2 eligible participants, measured by hours worked; and contracts no less than 51% of its cannabis products or services and ancillary business support with eligible participants; or

    2. Is a shared manufacturing cannabis business and donates at least 10% of its hours of operation to allow participant(s) to utilize 100% of its business’ floor space and equipment; or 3. Is a cannabis business that sells, gives or otherwise transfers no less than a 33% equity share in the CORE Incubator’s cannabis business to eligible CORE participants or participants; 30% of its workforce be Classification 1 or 2 eligible; and contracts no less than 30% of its cannabis and ancillary business with Classification 1 or 2 eligible participants.

    CORE Incubators shall host, donate to, employ, contract with, sell, give, or transfer to participants that reside within the city district in which the incubator sits. If no such participants exist, incubators shall utilize participants from other applicable areas.


  • Cannabis Social Enterprise with no less then 51% ownership by Classifications 1& 2 individuals.


The CORE program will be administered by a third party organization to which eligible applicants must submit their applications. The Request for Proposal (RFP) process is now underway for a CORE program facilitator.  If you are interested in becoming the facilitator, you can read the bid specifications under Bid Opportunities here.  Otherwise, if you are interested in becoming a CORE Program participant, please fill out the Interest Form below.   The contract for the selected vendor is expected to be awarded around late fall.


As the RFP process is underway, individuals and businesses interested in participating in the CORE program can submit an interest form indicating their interest in the program, their eligibility and the specific industry sector they are interested in.

For more information on the program, please refer to the staff report for the August 9, 2018 Council meeting, including Resolution 2018-0323, the Cannabis Equity Study, and a full description of the program, along with a PowerPoint presentation describing the program.