Cannabis Knowledge & Insights

Weekly Cannabis Licensing Update – August 19

Check out this week’s California cannabis news from Lassen County, Hemet, Bellflower, and Los Angeles. 

Lassen County, California

Lassen County introduced an amendment in regards to cannabis dispensaries, cannabis testing facilities, and cannabis cultivation. The amendment, which was adopted in an August 13 meeting, will allow cannabis dispensaries and testing facilities but not commercial cultivation. It appears that Lassen County is preparing to open applications for dispensaries and testing facilities; we’re not sure how many permits will be granted at this stage. Keep an eye out for more new from Lassen County. 

Hemet, California

The Hemet City Council passed an ordinance placing a 45-day ban on the cultivation of industrial hemp. This follows the city’s ban on commercial cannabis, and is considered “temporary” until the city can perform a study on the potential regulations and impact of legalized hemp. The ordinance is in effect for 45 days beginning on August 13. 

Bellflower, California

Bellflower’s City Council voted to allow operators with a medical cannabis business permit to apply for a recreational cannabis business permit. The city will not open any applications for new cannabis business permits, but they are willing to convert the licenses of existing operators. If you are a medicinal operators interested in reaching a new market, you must complete the cannabis business permit conversion application and mail it to the City Manager (snail mail, not e-mail). Currently four medical cannabis operators are active in Bellflower. 

Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation has updated its website with new information pertinent to cannabis operators, especially applicants under the Phase 3 Retail Application process. Check out the DCR website for the following information: 

    • An overview of the Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Application Process
    • A copy of LAMC Sec. 104.06.1 (c) which details the legal requirements of the Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Application Process
    • Important information regarding the location of an Applicant’s Proposed Business Premises including:
      • Sensitive-Use Restrictions
      • Zoning Restrictions
      • Information on Undue Concentration and the Public Convenience or Necessity Process
    • Important information regarding an Applicant’s access to the Accela Application User Profile
  • Detailed information regarding required application documents and forms
  • Guidance on how to demonstrate compliance with the Social Equity Program’s Equity Share Requirements

It’s a good idea to read the Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Application checklist in preparation for the new application window opening on September 3.

In addition and in preparation for this new application window, if you had someone create or register your user profile in the DCR Accela profile, make sure you can access your account and can verify the documents and information in your profile are correct.

The DCR is processing a high volume of communication, and you don’t want to be held back if there are issues when the window opens on September 3. Please read these preparation guidelines if you are a Social Equity Applicant preparing for Phase 3 Retail Round 1.