Cannabis Permitting & Licensing in California
Obtaining a Local Cannabis Permit & State License
Local Cannabis Permit
The first step in opening a cannabis business in California is to obtain a local permit. Every city and county in California has the ability to create their own ordinance related to commercial cannabis activities. Many of them have decided to prohibit commercial cannabis activities in their jurisdiction. Unfortunately this has caused an issue in the Cannabis industry because there are not as many places available to open a business as there could be.
With that said if you have reviewed our guide on how to get started with cannabis permitting, and you know that your local jurisdiction will allow for cannabis activity, we can help you get permitted. If you would like our help on figuring out whether or not your local jurisdiction allows cannabis activities we recommend booking a consultation with us by clicking here.
In many jurisdictions within California they use a conditional-use permit process to entitle the property that you want to operate out of. This entitlement process allows the property to be used for commercial cannabis activities. Typically when they use this process it’s the very first step in getting yourself set up compliantly. Some cities and counties allow a much simpler process of getting a administrative permit which does not require quite as much red tape as a conditional use permit does. Regardless of what process your local jurisdiction has chosen to go with we can help you get this done properly and help you get permitted. It is important to note that this process is typically a very slow one. In many cases a conditional-use permit process will take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to complete. The reason for this is that local governments are usually quite understaffed and also there are many things that they want to see within your application. Aside from hiring us to help you with the Cannabis side of this you will most likely need to hire other professionals such as, architects, engineers and fire safety contractors.
If you are ready to get started and take the plunge into the legal cannabis world feel free to get started by filling out our questionnaire below. By clicking the link below it will take you to a page that will ask you for some information that we need to gather to better understand your project and your goals. After you fill this out we will contact you within 48 to 72 hours and discuss how to get started with your project.
CA Cannabis License
After you have obtained a local cannabis permit or some kind of local authorization, you can now apply for a state license. The state licensing process is typically easier to do than the local permitting process. Unfortunately it still takes sometime to obtain a license as it is a slow process similar to the local one. However it is usually faster than obtaining a local permit taking anywhere from 4 to 6 months on average.
If you hire us we will help you throughout the entire State Licensing process. We have obtained dozens of state licenses for our various clients. We are extremely familiar with the process and know exactly what you’ll need in order to obtain your State Licensing. We have come to find that many other consulting groups are having their customers spend a lot of money with architects to create the property and premises diagrams that are needed for the state license. We have found this to be unnecessary and are able to do the property and premises diagrams for you as included when you hire us. Of course if you already have architect plans that you feel will work we can work with those as well however we are also able to create these from scratch if we need to.