Cannabis Knowledge & Insights

Long Beach Accepting Applications For Adult-Use Cannabis Licenses

The city of Long Beach recently announced the passing of their adult-use cannabis business ordinance, as discussed in our last Long Beach article.  Today, we are excited to announce that applications are OPEN for adult-use cannabis licenses in Long Beach.

The city has not been specific about the number of applications it will accept or an application end date.  However, it’s important to note that if you are a current medicinal cannabis business and want to convert to adult-use only or co-locate with an adult-use cannabis business, it’s suggested to apply before February 9, 2019.  By applying before February 9, you will not be subject to new zoning regulations.

It is also recommended to submit a Long Beach cannabis application as soon as possible because the city is able to stop accepting applications at any moment.  Long Beach will be accepting applications for retail, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and testing labs.

Retail

Adult-use cannabis dispensaries sell cannabis goods at physical locations open to the public. In Long Beach, all licensed dispensaries are able to deliver cannabis goods to customers in the city.  Long Beach currently has 32 medical cannabis dispensaries.  Before opening any new dispensaries, the city is reviewing applications from the 32 existing medical cannabis businesses, as they have a first opportunity to convert or co-locate with an adult-use business.  At this moment, no new applications are being accepted.  Should an existing dispensary not wish to become an adult-use dispensary, or a license is revoked, Long Beach will consider offering the opportunity to other potential business owners.

Cultivation

First, it’s important to note that Long Beach is allowing current medicinal cannabis businesses to convert to adult-use businesses or co-locate without needing to adhere to current zoning requirements, if you apply by February 9, 2019.  Long Beach defines cannabis cultivation as growing clones, immature plants and mature (or flowering) plants. If you are a cannabis nursery who also sells seeds, clones, or immature plants you will still need a cultivation license.  Keep in mind Long Beach does not allow outdoor or mixed light cultivation and is only permitting indoor cultivation at this time.

Long Beach has also provided this handy chart to verify what size cultivator you are.

Cultivation Application Steps

  • First, check to see if you qualify for Long Beach’s equity program. San Francisco recently opened up applications to equity only businesses and many other cities are following suit.  The goal of the Equity Program is to recognize and address the impact that federal and state cannabis enforcement policies have had on low income communities in Long Beach.
  • You will need to adhere to location and zoning requirements within Long Beach. Be sure to review them here.
  • Complete this cultivation specific application. As part of the application process, every business applicant must also showcase how they will support equity businesses. The incubation business plan is completely separate from the application. You can find all the necessary details here. When your cultivation specific application and incubation/equity business plan is complete, turn in all necessary application materials to the following address:

Long Beach City Hall
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You will be required to pay the following fees when submitting your application.  These are non-refundable and can only be paid by cash or check.  No credit cards are accepted.

  • All applications will be reviewed by the Business License department. The applicant will receive an email that the application is complete and can proceed in the process.  The applicant will then continue to Department Reviews & Inspections. This process will consist of obtaining building permits, inspections, and certificates of occupancy. Once these steps are complete, and each department approves, the business license will be issued.

Manufacturing

The city of Long Beach views cannabis manufacturers as businesses that produce, infuse, and extract cannabis/cannabis products.  The city will accept applications for:

  • Volatile Extraction (Type 7)
  • Non-Volatile (Type 6)
  • Infusion (Type N)
  • Packaging & Labeling (Type P)

If you are an existing medical cannabis manufacturer, you can easily convert to an adult-use manufacturing location or co-locate.  If you submit your application prior to February 9, 2019 you will not need to adhere to these zoning requirements.

Manufacturing Application Process

  • First, check to see if you qualify for Long Beach’s equity program. San Francisco recently opened up applications to equity only businesses and many other cities are following suit.  The goal of the Equity Program is to recognize and address the impact that federal and state cannabis enforcement policies have had on low income communities in Long Beach.
  • You will need to adhere to location and zoning requirements within Long Beach. Be sure to review them here.
  • Complete this manufacturing specific application. As part of the application process, every business applicant must also showcase how they will support equity businesses. You can find all the necessary details here. When your manufacturing specific application and incubation/equity business plan is complete, submit all necessary application materials to the following address:

Long Beach City Hall
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You will be required to pay the following fees when submitting your application.  These are non-refundable and can only be paid by cash or check.  No credit cards are accepted.

  • All applications will be reviewed after submission by the Business License department. The applicant will receive an email that the application is complete and can proceed in the process.  The applicant will then continue to Department Reviews & Inspections. This process will consist of obtaining building permits, inspections, and certificates of occupancy.  Once these steps are complete, and all departments approve, the business license will be issued.

To find the complete list of steps for submitting a manufacturing application, you can access Long Beach’s cannabis manufacturing page here.

Distribution

Getting a distribution license within Long Beach consists of transporting, storing, packaging, labeling and on some occasions performing quality assurance.  Applications will be accepted for two types of distribution in Long Beach – Type 11 and Type 13.

  • Type 11 – responsible for storage, packaging, labeling, testing arrangements, quality assurance and transportation.
  • Type 13 – transport-only distributors are allowed to transport cannabis products between other cannabis licensees and cannot transport any cannabis goods except immature plants and seeds.

If you are currently a medical cannabis distributor, you can apply to convert or co-locate with an adult-use facility.  If you apply before February 9, 2019 you will not be subject to the zoning requirements that new cannabusinesses will be subject to.

Distribution Application Steps

  • First, check to see if you qualify for Long Beach’s equity program. San Francisco recently opened up applications to equity only businesses and many other cities are following suit.  The goal of the Equity Program is to recognize and address the impact that federal and state cannabis enforcement policies have had on low income communities in Long Beach.
  • You will need to adhere to the location and zoning requirements within Long Beach. Be sure to review them here.
  • Complete this distribution specific application. As part of the application process, every business applicant must also showcase how they will support equity businesses. This is completely separate from the application. You can find all the necessary details here.  When you complete a distribution specific application and your incubation/equity business plan is complete, turn in all necessary materials to the following address:

Long Beach City Hall
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You will be required to pay the following fees when submitting your application.  These are non-refundable and can only be paid by cash or check.  No credit cards are accepted.

 

  • All applications will be reviewed by the Business License department. The applicant will receive an email that the application is complete.  The applicant will then continue to Department Reviews & Inspections. This process will consist of obtaining building permits, inspections, and certificates of occupancy. Once these steps are complete, individual departments will submit their approval in Long Beach’s online licensing system.  Lastly, the business license will be issued.

 

To find the complete list of steps for submitting a distribution application, you can access Long Beach’s cannabis distribution page here.

Lab Testing

Testing laboratories within Long Beach will test cannabis products for contaminants such as moisture content, cannabinoids, pesticides, residual solvents and microbial impurities.

If you are a current medical cannabis testing lab but would like to convert to adult-use or co-locate you should apply before February 9, 2019.  If you apply before this date, you will not have to adhere to new zoning and location requirements.

Lab Testing Application Steps

  • First, check to see if you qualify for Long Beach’s equity program. San Francisco recently opened up applications to equity only businesses and many other cities are following suit.  The goal of the Equity Program is to recognize and address the impact that federal and state cannabis enforcement policies have had on low income communities in Long Beach.
  • You will need to adhere to the location and zoning requirements within Long Beach. Be sure to review them here.
  • Complete this testing lab specific application. As part of the application process, every business applicant must also showcase how they will support equity businesses. You can find all the necessary details here. When you complete a testing lab specific application and incubation/equity business plan submit all necessary application materials to the following address:

Long Beach City Hall
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You will be required to pay the following fees when submitting your application.  These are non-refundable and can only be paid by cash or check.  No credit cards are accepted.

  • All applications will be reviewed after submission by the Business License department. The applicant will receive an email that the application is complete and can proceed in the process.  The applicant will then continue to Department Reviews & Inspections. This process will consist of obtaining building permits, inspections, and certificates of occupancy. Once these steps are complete, individual departments will submit their approval in Long Beach’s online licensing system.  Lastly, the business license will be issued.

This is an in-depth review of the Long Beach adult-use cannabis application process. If you are interested in learning more about getting a license in Long Beach, or another city within California, contact Green Growth CPA today.

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