Vibe By California Social Equity Program

A social equity program helps people who have been disadvantaged by the effects of institutionalized racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of bias get involved into the cannabis industry. Cannabis and other drug related charges disproportionately affect these communities and this program seeks to give low-income communities and minorities access to economic opportunities.

That’s why the Vibe is creating an internship program for social equity entrepreneurs looking to start their own cannabis businesses.

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Vibe by California aspires to help women in business, people of color, and those minorities who are disadvantaged in the cannabis space. The cannabis industry is booming and there are a lot of opportunities for social equity entrepreneurs to start their own business. The internship will help these individuals develop the skills they need in order to succeed in this new and ever-growing industry.

Feel free to fill out the form below to get in touch and see below the different programs Vibe By California offers.

Paid internship

Paid internships are intended for those students entering the job market in need of hands-on experience to further their education and explain real world issues and solutions. the position will include sales floor shifts that are valuable in understanding the true nature of the business as well as educational shifts with a professional in the field. This is meant to be taken in combination with cannabis related classes to give hands on learning experiences.

This is a temporary position that will last no more than 90 days. Both the employee and employer will abide by California labor laws and codes as they apply to temporary employment.

    • Paid at the rate of Assistant manager
    • Works in the retail space 4 days a week to gain hands on experience.
    • One day a week paired with an expert to cover different areas of business
    • Must be enrolled in a cannabis or business-related course at an accredited college.
    • Must be in 3rd year or Junior Level of college
    • Must be able to pass background check
    • Paid at the Rate of an Assistant manager
    • Works 40 hours a week
    • Not eligible for benefits
  • 4-day work as floor manager
  • 1 day a week study with a mentor
  • May be asked to sign a non-Disclosure agreement
  • The intern understands that this internship does not provide entitlement to a job

Non-Paid Internship

The Non-Paid internship allows the student to see business in action, while being led by a mentor of the field selected. Students will not be given trade secrets or connections that may otherwise damage relationships or create vulnerabilities in business. In some situations, a student may be asked to sign a Non-disclosure agreement if sensitive information needs to be shared.

  • 1-2 weeks (one internship a month) of time to follow a manager that coincides with the needs of the Trainee.
  • Must be enrolled in a cannabis or business-related course at an accredited college, or be a business owner, business representative or currently employed by a cannabis affiliate.
  • Must be in 3rdyear or Junior Level of college, or a cannabis affiliate.
  • The internship will be no less than 2 business weeks or 14 calendar days and no longer than 4 business weeks or 30 calendar days.
  • A week will have no less that 2, 8-hour days or no more than 5, 8-hour days dependent on the availability of student and mentor.
  • The intern knows that the position is unpaid.
  • Training is similar to training received at an educational institution.
  • The internship is tied and integrated to the student’s educational program or degree.
  • The intern only works during periods that do not conflict with academic commitments or the academic calendar.
  • The internship only lasts for a period of time in which it imparts beneficial learning upon the intern.
  • The intern’s work does not replace existing employees’ work while providing significant educational benefits.
  • The intern understands that this internship does not provide entitlement to a job.

Federal Employment Laws on Unpaid Internships

Employers in California must follow two sets of standards when it comes to internships: federal and state. On the federal level, the Department of Labor created unpaid internship labor laws that all states must follow. The Department of Labor outlines seven requirements for determining an internship’s legality. The employer must ensure that:

  • There is a mutual understanding that the intern will not receive wages over the course of the position.
  • The intern’s duties will be similar to training provided by an educational institution.
  • The internship is associated with the student’s educational program or degree through integrated coursework.
  • The intern’s work cannot conflict with academic commitments or the academic calendar.
  • The internship only lasts for a period in which it imparts beneficial (i.e. the position exists for the intern’s benefit).
  • The intern’s work does not displace the work of regular employees and must provide significant educational benefits.
  • A job does not have to be guaranteed at the conclusion of the internship.

Failing to follow these standards may make unpaid internships illegal. If your unpaid internship in Los Angeles fails to meet these standards, talk to a California employment law attorney about your best legal options.

California Unpaid Internship Laws

In California, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has additional unpaid internship labor laws specific to the state. All California businesses seeking to hire interns must submit an outline of the proposed internship to the DLSE. The California unpaid internship will only receive approval if it meets the state requirements, which include:

  • The position must take place as part of an educational curriculum, which requires the participation of a school or similar institution.
  • The intern cannot receive employee benefits, including insurance or workers comp.
  • The position must train the intern to work in a given industry, not just a specific company.
  • When recruiting, the employer must be upfront about the unpaid nature of the position.

A common concern both the federal and California government have with unpaid internships is that the internship must be of benefit to the intern, with the employer gaining no benefit or even suffering some minor loss of revenue or resources on behalf of the intern. An employment law attorney in Los Angeles can help you determine whether a California unpaid internship violated federal or state labor laws.

Low Level Investment (Less than 51%)

Dependent on the nature of help provided, entities with whom Vibe enters a contract with may offered the following services.

  • Maintained by the Original owner
    • The property may continue to run under the name and leadership of the original owner (as agreed upon in negotiations)
  • Provided with capital
    • Vibe may provide capital to help struggling business recover after examining past reporting and financials and creating an action plan for future growth.
  • Provided with contacts
    • As a member of the Vibe family, we would allow the participating companies to order product, good, and services through contracted vendors
  • Provided with Training
    • Continued support and training for management and staff

These are all provided opportunities and ideas. Negotiations from store to store may look different dependent on the needs of the dispensary owners and the dispensaries financial performance. Vibe always retains the right to discontinue relationships that are not in the best interest of both parties.

High Level Investment (Franchise)

This is a franchise opportunity! Welcome to the Vibe family, where you have full access to the buying power of one of California’s leading dispensary chains. Including access to product from our vertical integration companies giving a lift to margins and cost of goods. You have access to the infrastructure, and training of a long-term profitable company with the education and experience to drive your business forward.

  • Rebranded as a Vibe by California
    • The dispensary will receive a face lift bringing it inline with the Vibe brand
  • Profit sharing at % of investment
    • Dispensaries will profit contingent on the negotiation put in place
  • Provided with capital
    • Vibe may provide capital to help struggling business recover after examining past reporting and financials and creating an action plan for future growth.
  • Provided with contacts
    • As a member of the Vibe family, we would allow the participating companies to order product, good, and services through contracted vendors
  • Provided with Training
    • Continued support and training for management and staff

Buy Out

We all have our own reasons for going into business and we all reach a pivotal moment when we realize it is time to move on. With one of the leading cultures in the industry you can know your current staff, customers, and the dream you started are in good hands. To see more information who can apply for buy out, please look through the “Social Equity Program Entity Eligibility Verification Procedure” document for eligibility.

Social Equity Form