Cannabis Knowledge & Insights

Department of Food and Agriculture and More

This past week has proven to be a very busy week for California’s commercial cannabis industry.

The Department of Food and Agriculture has some Industrial Hemp developments, Los Angeles City’s Department of Cannabis Regulation released a statement regarding Phase 2 applicants, and big news is out from West Hollywood, Arcata, the County of Santa Barbara, the County of San Benito, Lancaster, and Banning.


Pasadena will be holding their Commercial Cannabis Permit Application Workshop today at the Civic Center on Green Street from 4-6 p.m.

Chula Vista

Chula Vista voters approved Measure Q, Cannabis Tax Measure last November 6, which means that Chula Vista will be releasing their ordinance and applications for commercial cannabis business permits in the near future.  More to come.

Department of Food and Agriculture: Industrial Hemp

The Department of Food and Agriculture has proposed to adopt section 4900 into Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, which pertains to Industrial Hemp Cultivation Registration Fees. The written comment period regarding this motion will close on December 24, 2018, at 5 p.m. For more information, you can contact the California Industrial Hemp Program, at

For more information about Industrial Hemp, visit the Department’s website.

Los Angeles, CA: Department of Cannabis Regulation

The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) has released a statement regarding Phase 2 applicants who have paid their application fees. These applicants will be able to apply for state temporary licenses before the end of the year. Also, in the coming weeks, DCR will issue Local Authorization Letters to these Phase 2 applicants that state agencies have agreed to accept as sufficient for the purpose of attaining a state issued temporary license. 

Applicants will not be able to engage in any activity until DCR determines they are eligible to be issued a Local Authorization Letter.

Applicants may submit questions regarding the process to under subject line: Phase 2 Local Letter of Authorization.

Access more information on the Department’s website.

West Hollywood, CA

West Hollywood has released a Cannabis Delivery Service Business License Application for delivery businesses licensed outside of West Hollywood. These businesses will need to get a West Hollywood Cannabis Business License in order to deliver commercial medical and adult use cannabis in the City. The City will begin accepting applications today, November 13, 2018.

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

Arcata, CA

The City of Arcata has moved to amend their current commercial cannabis regulations and passed a resolution that amends regulations governing the issuance, compliance monitoring, renewal, and enforcement of commercial cannabis activity permits in the City.

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

Santa Barbara County, CA

The County of Santa Barbara released its Cannabis Business License Application. Applicants who have completed a Land Use Application and have passed through the permitting process through the County’s Planning and Development Department may apply for a Cannabis Business License. Completed applications and required documentation may be submitted online or in-person at the CEO’s Office of the Santa Barbara County Administration Building, which is located at 105 E. Anapamu St., Rm. 407, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Applicants will need to pay the deposit fee of $3,250, via check or money order to be considered as having submitted a complete application.

The County will also limit the number of retail licenses to eight (8), added 186 acres to Carpinteria’s Agricultural Overlay Zone, as well as added a Cannabis Business License Ordinance to the County Code.

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

San Benito County, CA

The Planning Commission of San Benito County will consider adopting a resolution recommending that the City Council adopt an ordinance establishing Land Use Regulations for Commercial Cannabis, as well as licensing and regulatory requirements for commercial cannabis activities.

The County has determined that the maximum allowable number of cultivation licenses they will issue is 50.

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

Banning, CA

The City of Banning will hold a public hearing on, and will consider adopting, Resolution No. 2018-143. This would establish application and processing fees for Cannabis Regulatory Permits and Cannabis Conditional Use Permits.

Access the City’s website for more information.

If you need more information on the California Cannabis Industry, are looking to apply for a local commercial cannabis permit, or want to get started planning your cannabis business, contact a team member today!