City’s Cannabis Opportunity Reinvestment and Equity program hosts networking event to drive social equity in cannabis

The City of Sacramento’s Cannabis Opportunity Reinvestment and Equity (CORE) program launched its latest campaign with ENCORE: Equity and Networking for CORE, a networking event on March 23 at Imported Studios in North Sacramento. 

More than 60 people attended the event, which celebrated the contributions of CORE program participants to the cannabis industry and highlighted the program’s efforts to promote equity in the industry.  

“The ENCORE event was an excellent opportunity for members of the cannabis community to connect and share their experiences,” said Davina Smith, who heads the City’s Office of Cannabis Management. “We’re proud to support the CORE program’s efforts to promote equity and reinvestment in this industry. We look forward to continuing our efforts to ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities to thrive in this rapidly growing market.” 

 Attendees enjoyed appetizers from Warren’s 916 and non-alcoholic beverages from Burly’s Beverages as they mingled with fellow CORE program members and learned more about how CORE is helping to level the playing field in the local cannabis industry. 

One of the event’s highlights was a panel discussion featuring CORE program participants in the cannabis delivery business. The panelists shared their experiences and insights, providing attendees with a deeper understanding of the challenges and successes of starting a cannabis business. Attendees were also given the opportunity to ask questions and gain knowledge about the industry. 

 The event aimed to raise awareness of the CORE program and encourage more individuals to get involved.

The CORE program provides training, technical and financial assistance, and other guidance to individuals and communities who have faced barriers in starting cannabis businesses due to past uneven enforcement of cannabis-related crimes. The CORE program’s goal is to ensure that those who have been most impacted by the criminalization of cannabis have access to opportunities in the legal cannabis industry. 

To learn more about the CORE program, please visit 

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