Cannabis Knowledge & Insights

California Counties and Cities Permitting Commercial Cannabis Activity

As commercial cannabis regulations settle and localities and operators gear up towards final steps for compliance, heavy activity can be seen regarding application submission, approval, and compliance.

Carson, CA

The City of Carson’s submission window has closed for commercial cannabis permit applications.

More information can be accessed on the City’s website.


Vista, CA

The City of Vista is in litigation. Four (4) complaints have been filed in Superior Court where applicants are seeking to invalidate the City’s “unbiased” process for receiving application and the change in the order of priority for applicants.

Each complaint is seeking that the City recognize their place on the priority list based on their asserted position on a list that was privately compiled by the plaintiffs. The list has not yet been made public.

One hearing has been scheduled for February 15, 2019 for the Manual Migueles Collective vs. City of Vista. If the injunction is granted, the City may:

  • Change the position of other existing applicants on the priority list
  • The application process would be suspended indefinitely while trials and appeals are being conducted
  • The entire submission process would be restarted at a future date

The City will update information on their website as the cases progress.


Riverside County, CA

Riverside County has begun accepting pre-registration forms for commercial cannabis cultivators, retailers, and microbusinesses. Forms can only be submitted via email, to, until February 15, 2019. Interested parties that are unable to pre-register with the County will not be able to move into phase 2 of the application process.

More information can be accessed on the County’s website.


Santa Barbara County, CA

Santa Barbara County will be holding two (2) free workshops on Cannabis Worker Health and Safety training for commercial cannabis cultivators. The workshop will cover:

  • Worker health and safety regulations as they apply to personal protective equipment
  • Respiratory protection
  • Facility ventilation
  • Requirements in Handler Training Programs
  • Pesticide Use and Safe Workplace Compliance

The workshops will be held on:

February 27, 2019- Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Santa Maria Laguna Sanitation Conference room
  • 620 W. Foster Rd., Santa Maria


February 28, 2019- Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Agricultural Commissioner’s Office- Carpinteria
  • 1180 Eugenia Pl., #206, Carpinteria

Interested parties will need to call (805) 934-6200 to reserve seats.

More information can be accessed on the CalCannabis website.


San Benito County, CA

San Benito County will be holding a public hearing tomorrow, February 5, regarding the adoption of resolutions surrounding its commercial cannabis regulatory framework and the designation of the County’s Agricultural Commissioner as its cannabis business regulatory designee.

The following resolutions will be discussed:

  • Resolution 2019-13
  • Resolution 2019-14
  • SBC File #425

More information can be accessed on the County’s website.


Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC)

The BCC has released guidelines for commercial cannabis laboratory reporting and testing that can be accessed on their website.

As the cannabis industry sees more stability in regulations, operators are honing in on processes and procedures to maintain compliance, as well as training to ensure that employees are capable of conducting business that meets local and state regulations.


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