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STOREFRONT DISPENSARy permit REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) RESULTS

The 10 highest scoring participants in the storefront dispensary RFQ are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Maisha Bahati
  • Brandon Bolton
  • Melinda (Mindy) Galloway
  • Jarett Hill
  • Robert Jackson
  • Daniel Kang
  • La Krisha King
  • Mark Mabutas
  • Malaki Seku Amen
  • Michael Snell

The scores of the above participants ranged from 382 to 374.  The next highest scores were 372 and 369.  Click here to view scores of each Statement of Qualifications (SOQs) by Screen Door submission number.  To view the results of the demographic information from the submitted Statement of Qualifications (SOQ), click here.  

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for storefront dispensary permits opened on January 7, 2021 and closed on February 19, 2021. The RFQ is open to interested individuals who meet the criteria for Classifications 1 and 2 of the Cannabis Opportunity Reinvestment and Equity (CORE) Program.  The RFQ timeline is as follows:

 

11/19/20 - 12/4/20 CORE Stakeholders Comment Period

1/6/21 CORE Stakeholder Meeting on RFQ

1/7/21 RFQ Opening Date

1/7/21 - 1/29/21 Q & A Period

2/19/21 RFQ Closing Date

2/22/21 - 3/15/21 Evaluation Period

April 1, 2021 Announcement of 10 Highest Scoring SOQs 

 

To view or to respond to the RFQ, please visit the online submission portal.  If you missed the CORE stakeholder discussion on the RFQ on January 6, 2021, please visit our Stakeholder Meetings page to view PowerPoint presentation and video of the meeting.

The City Council ordinance adopted on October 13, 2020 amending Title 5 to add 10 new storefront dispensary permits through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process can be viewed here.  The resolution containing the RFQ procedures, criteria and other relevant information on the process can be viewed here

REMINDER:  THE RFQ WILL CLOSE AT 11:59 PM ON FEBRUARY 19, 2021.

To ensure a smooth RFQ submission process, please remember:

  • Responses to the RFQ will only be accepted online through the Screendoor portal.  In person and emailed responses will not be accepted.
  • If you are using the same computer and web browser (with cookies enabled), the system will remember you and allow you to resume your draft. If you are using a different computer or web browser, then the system will send a link to your email address that will authenticate you prior to allowing you to resume your draft.
  • Once you begin entering your responses, the form will automatically save your answers as you type into each field. If you entered your correct email address, you may exit and resume your response at any time prior to the submission deadline.  
  • When you have finished entering your responses and are ready to submit your SOQ, press “submit” and you will receive notification that you have successfully submitted
  • If you wish to change any response(s) that you’ve entered:
    • If you have not submitted your response, you can go back to any field and change your answer.
    • If you have already submitted your response, you can request to edit your response once by selecting the “Request to Edit” response by following the link to view your response from your submittal acknowledgment email. 
      • NOTE: Once your request to edit has been granted, you have a one-time opportunity to change any part of your response.  Once you’ve resubmitted your edited response, you can no longer edit your response and your submission will be final.
      • NOTE: If you’ve requested to edit, your SOQ is not submitted.  You will have to press the “submit” button again and get the confirming notification before your edited response is submitted.
  • Your Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted by February 19 at 11:59pm
    • This means the “Submit” button must be pressed and you receive a notice that your SOQ has been submitted.
  • Please do not wait to submit until the last minute, as there will be no allowance for technical issues or power/internet outages 

RFQ Criteria (Statement of Qualifications)

The draft RFQ criteriawas developed from a combination of the criteria approved by Council in 10/13/20 resolution and input from stakeholders received through a September 2020 survey.  CORE participants who wish qualify for a storefront dispensary permit must respond to the RFQ by submitting a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ), or a narrative discussion of their qualifications.  SOQs will be evaluated and scored by a panel of evaluators. 

 

Survey on RFQ Criteria

On September 11, 2020, CORE stakeholders received a survey on possible criteria for the Request for Proposals (RFQ).  A total of 81 responses were received.  Survey results can be viewed according to the the highest rated and lowest rated criteria.  

 

RFQ Assistance and Grants Available to Applicants for Storefront Dispensaries

A $250K grant program to support CORE applicants during the RFQ process and upon award of a storefront dispensary permit is available through the Sacramento Cannabis Industry Association's Cannabis Cares Grant Program.  Read more about the grant program here.