Cannabis licensing will commence on Jan 1 in California. A huge crowd turned up at the states informational seminar in Exposition Park indicating there will be many applications coming from Los Angeles alone. States requirements are at times confusing because they are comprehensive so this article is a complete guide on how to get legal weed license.
The following tips have been collected from informational sheets from the Bureau of Cannabis Control, emailed interviews with the bureau’s assistant chief of communications and through online resources provided by various other state agencies that include the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
First of all, in order to secure California weed license, all applicants will have to secure a local license or demonstrate local compliance. This means people from Los Angeles will have to wait for the city to release final regulations and start issuing permits before going to seek the state application because both are needed for one to operate legally.
Also a temporary license will be given to applicants applying for the first few months of the New Year because the state of California has not completed its final regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis businesses. This conditional permit is valid for four months until the state has its final requirements in place.
All applications will be available online or through the mail and here are the steps on how to get a legal weed license.
Seek permission from local government: The local municipality has to approve commercial cannabis business in order for them to operate. Therefore, all applicants are required to show local municipality approval before California allows them to proceed. Any application without a copy of local license or permit is dead on arrival. So the first thing to be done is ensuring local authorization is secured. Applicants from the city of Los Angeles, this implies following the final regulations that are yet to be released.
Basic information about the business: All applicants requesting for the license have to provide basic background information about the business. This comprises of the name of the individual or business entity. Each applicant has to provide designated primary contact which includes name and title as well as address, email address and phone number. All owners of the business are also required to give their names, addresses, email addresses and the physical address of the proposed business location.
The type and category of license desired: The state and local laws dictates you to pick a course on each application. One may choose either an adult-use or medicinal license (either an A-license or M-license). Applicants must clearly indicate the license they are applying for. Here is the overview.
Testing laboratory: Testing laboratories will be in high demand come next year because of the anticipated crush of legal cannabis product. Any lab or facility that renders or runs tests of cannabis goods will have to acquire this license. These operations will also have to secure ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation in order to operate but temporary license can be issued while the process is being undergone.
Distributor: Distributors mainly transport the cannabis and make arrangements for product testing. They will have to ensure that the final weed products fulfill State requirements for packaging and labeling
Distributor Transport: While these licensees are restricted from delivering product to retailers, they are approved to transport the weed between cultivators, manufacturers and distributors.
Retailer: Business owners may sell weed directly out of this location or through delivery, which will be legal under state law.
Retailer (non-storefront): This is delivery license that allows a retailer to sell and deliver cannabis products to paying customers. These licensees must run a commercial premise which is not open to the public.
Micro-business: This is the license for applicants looking to integrate on a small scale. A micro-business is allowed to grow, manufacture, distribute and sell weed products under this one license type.
Layout of the business: Applicants are required to submit a basic diagram of the proposed floor plan (room divisions). Security information is not required until the permanent application is submitted.
These requirements are the efficient version of what is necessary for the permanent state cannabis licenses. You can visit the bureau’s website for more information.
The Bureau of Cannabis Control manages the above license types. Applicants seeking a manufacturing license should go to the California Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch although this agency is yet to release temporary license requirements.
California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Cal Cannabis Cultivation Licensing division processes Cultivation applicants. Temporary licenses requirements for this agency are published online.
The cannabis licensing division also has published points to be considered to prepare applicants for both the temporary and permanent licensing process.
On Jan 1 issuing of license is expected to begin in all the three agencies.