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California Fires Up Online Licensing for Marijuana Industry

California ended last week on a high note.

In preparation for rolling out the state’s newest industry on Jan. 1, marijuana entrepreneurs began rushing to complete their temporary business applications online. Made available Friday, California’s license application system is easy to access and navigate.  

A mandatory requirement for conducting a legally complainant recreational marijuana business in the Golden State after Dec. 31, the temporary licenses can be obtained through the California Bureau of Cannabis Control Online Services.

Announced via Twitter, the online system allows California’s would-be marijuana retailers, cultivators, distributors, and testing facilities to get a head start on the application process.

The temporary licenses for California’s recreational marijuana industry will become effective Jan. 1, mandating any business first obtain a local business permit before applying for their temporary license. Per the emergency regulations governing California’s marijuana industry, the temporary licenses will be valid for 120 days.

Licensed as either a medicinal (M) or adult-use (A) facility, the designation will dictate when and where these marijuana businesses can legally operate. To be compliant, each licensee must have a $5,000 surety bond payable to the state of California. Additionally, licensees with an “A-license” and an “M-license” may operate from the same type of premises.

Per the state, only one licensee may occupy a single premises, with one exception. A licensee holding both an A-license and an M-license for the same commercial cannabis activity (retail sales) “may have the same premises for both types.”

After Jan. 1, recreational marijuana sales and deliveries in California will be allowed to occur between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

A temporary or annual license is currently available through the state, the choice is yours.

According to the Bureau of Cannabis Control, “the temporary license is generally a quicker process with fewer requirements and no application fee.” Created as a bridge to help legitimize local dispensaries, the temporary license enables marijuana businesses in good standing with their local municipality, “to continue doing business while the Bureau processes its annual license application.”

 

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Los Angeles: The Largest City with Legal Weed

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve licensed cannabis cultivation and sales within city limits beginning in 2018, becoming the largest city in America to do so.

Now just awaiting Mayor Eric Garcetti’s approval, the new marijuana regulations will take effect immediately once signed.

“The other cities in this nation, they are looking to L.A.,” said City Council President Herb Wesson.

Though California voters approved recreational marijuana legalization by a significant margin in November, cities have had the opportunity to either opt out of an adult-use market or establish regulations that fit their community best. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed a bill Wednesday that would authorize recreational cannabis sales within the city in January.

Besides raising consumer safety standards and increasing ease of access for people in need, legalization will also bring hoards of new tax revenue to debt-riddled California as a projected $7 billion industry finally takes flight.

The city regulations passed yesterday dictate additional procedures Los Angeles-area cannabis businesses would have to abide by in addition to state guidelines announced last month. For example, growers must obtain their LA local permits before applying for the respective state license they will need to operate legally.

While many regions attempting to legalize are grappling with how to recognize the immense damage caused by the war on drugs on certain communities in their area, Los Angeles made sure those affected most would not be forgotten in this new era for cannabis in the city. The regulations that were passed Wednesday include language that protects individuals who were previously convicted of marijuana-related crimes or live in areas that experienced disproportionate arrest rates. The city will establish a program to eliminate traditional barriers to business ownership by offering training courses, learning programs for employees, and technical assistance.

One major concern of business owners and local lawmakers alike that has gone unaddressed is the lack of banking options for the cash-rich industry to utilize. Because of the ongoing federal prohibition of cannabis, federally insured banking institutions are terrified of doing business with cannabis companies. The city of Los Angeles, cognisant of the massive influx of cash they’re about to receive when the market opens up, has explored the possibility of establishing a city-owned bank that serves the industry’s needs.

Because of how late in the year the regulations are being solidified and the number of holidays between now and the official opening day of recreational sales in California, analysts question whether many officially licensed legal recreational shops will even be open for business on New Year’s Day when they become eligible. Regardless, adult visitors and residents of Los Angeles should have zero issue finding great weed next year and beyond.

Applications for temporary California cannabis business licenses for retail, distribution, microbusiness, testing laboratories, and events can be found here.

Photo courtesy of Giuseppe Milo

 

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San Francisco Recreational Sales Could Fire Up First Week of New Year

Recreational marijuana sales in the Bay Area may not begin on New Year’s Day as originally planned, but if San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee signs legislation passed Tuesday night by the board of supervisors, cannabis sales could begin as early as Jan. 5, 2018.

In paving the way for recreational sales in The City, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors also snubbed some last-minute attempts to restrict where their adult-use dispensaries can operate. Shot down in flames during Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors dismissed the following suggestions:

  • 1,000-foot buffer zone between recreational shops and schools
  • Neighborhood restrictions on number of dispensaries
  • Allowing individual neighborhoods to ban dispensaries

Initially proposed by Sup. Norman Yee and Sup. Katy Tang, an attempt to limit the number of legal dispensaries operating within their districts was ultimately rejected  Tuesday night by the Board of Supervisors.

Passed by a “veto-proof 10-1 vote,” the ordinance was initially delayed by a protracted debate over minority ownership and San Francisco’s proposed “equity laws,” according to SF Weekly. Creating a greater opportunity for all interested parties, the newly approved guidelines promote “women, people of color, and drug war victims whom the board would prefer to see much more of in the ownership ranks of the local marijuana industry.”

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Once signed by Mayor Ed Lee, the legislation will permit San Francisco’s compliant medical marijuana dispensaries to apply for a temporary permit so they can begin selling recreational marijuana within the first week of the new year.

Primarily clustered in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) area, converted medical marijuana dispensaries selling recreational weed will be conveniently close to AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants), Moscone Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett

 

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