The name Amber Senter is familiar to anyone who follows the cannabis social and racial equity movement. Senter helped the city of Oakland craft their first-in-the-nation Cannabis Equity Program that’s been a model for other cities and states across the country. She co-founded the EquityWorks! Incubator that helped open the Oakland Cannabis Kitchen, California’s first shared-use licensed cannabis edible manufacturing facility. And she helped write the statewide California Cannabis Social Equity Act of 2018.
And now she’s part of a team that’s bringing a new dispensary to Bayview, as Thursday night the SF Planning Commission approved a cannabis dispensary for a company called Bayview Ventures, which has Senter as the chief operating officer.
“Our team is led by strong, experienced women of color with over 25 years experience in the cannabis industry,” Bayview Ventures CEO Tiara Mitchell said before the vote. “We also plan to carry a diverse inventory of equity trade certified, Black, Brown, and LGBTQ+ owned products on our shelves.”
Senter also spoke briefly Tuesday night in capacity as COO, mostly in highly technical language about the facility’s odor mitigation plan.
The site near Oakdale Avenue and Rankin Street is already a licensed cannabis distribution facility, that is, they