Cannabis Knowledge & Insights

Weekly Round-Up: Commercial Cannabis Updates from across California

This week RFPs are out for Commercial Cannabis Business Permits in Cotati and Contra Costa County. In other Cannabis Business new, Cannabis Business Tax announcements are abound in San Juan Bautista and San Luis Obispo County.

Cotati, CA

The City released a Request for Proposal for Commercial Cannabis Businesses, specifically cultivation, manufacturing, and testing, which are due by March 11, 2019. Any questions regarding the process should be directed to Jon-Paul Harries, the City’s Senior Planner who may be contacted by phone at (707) 665-3634, or via email at

The City will be issuing a maximum of five (5) cultivation licenses, seven (7) manufacturing, distribution, testing, and retail delivery licenses, as well as two (2) storefront retail and microbusiness licenses.

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


Contra Costa County, CA

The County has released Request for Proposals for opportunities to apply for commercial cannabis activity Land Use Permits. The County will be accepting applications for storefront retail, cultivation, and manufacturing. Four (4) Storefront permits, ten (10) cultivation permits, and two (2) manufacturing permits will be issued.

Interested parties will need to submit Letters of Intent by Thursday, April 1, 2019, at 4 p.m. and pay the required $500 filing fee to the Department of Conservation and Development. Applicants who file Letters of Intent will then be invited to submit a proposal which must be filed and submitted with the DCD by June 27, 2019. A $2500 filing fee must be paid to the DCD at the time of submission. All submissions must be done in person to Contra Costa County, Department of Conservation and Development, 30 Muir Rd., Martinez, CA 94553.

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


San Juan Bautista, CA

The City adopted Ordinance 2019-01 and added Chapter 5.32 “Cannabis Business Activities Tax Ordinance of the City of San Juan Bautista to Title 5 “Public Health and Safety, and Welfare” of the San Juan Bautista Municipal Code.

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


San Luis Obispo County, CA

The County is currently accepting Cannabis Business Tax (CBT) payments. If a cannabis business received revenue from its operations after July 1,  2018, then the business must pay a 4% tax, even if the business does not have a County Business License.

Questions can be directed, via email to or by phone to (805) 781-5831.

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


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