CANNABIS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Cannabis Opportunities in California

Corona, California: The City of Corona will begin accepting applications for storefront retail licenses between April 19th and May 18th. The process will be highly competitive, with the City of Corona issuing a total of 12 storefront retail licenses. Licenses are also being accepted for non-storefront retail, manufacturing, distribution, and testing laboratories- the City has not placed a limit on these licenses.

For more information: https://www.coronaca.gov/government/commercial-cannabis-portal

Cannabis Opportunities in New Jersey

From the Gothamist: "Nearly a month after Governor Phil Murphy signed laws legalizing cannabis for sale in New Jersey, the commission in charge of ushering in the new industry has yet to be officially created, possibly delaying when marijuana can legally be sold in the Garden State. Sources say the reason for the hold-up is because the governor’s office is grappling with a lawsuit threat from the NAACP, which claims Murphy violated the law that created the commission by failing to appoint one commissioner who is a member of a national social justice or civil rights group. Murphy faces additional criticism that no one on the commission is a Black man, given that the governor has framed legalization as a racial justice issue and Black men have historically been disproportionately arrested and charged for marijuana-related offenses."

For more information: https://gothamist.com/news/potential-changes-at-njs-cannabis-commission-may-pose-new-stumbling-block-to-legalization

Cannabis Opportunities in New York

From the New York Times: "​ After years of stalled attempts, New York State has legalized the use of recreational marijuana, enacting a robust program that will reinvest millions of dollars of tax revenues from cannabis in minority communities ravaged by the decades-long war on drugs. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the cannabis legislation on Wednesday, a day after the State Legislature passed the bill following hours of debate among lawmakers in Albany."

For more information: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/31/nyregion/cuomo-ny-legal-weed.html

Cannabis Opportunities in California

Redwood City: The Redwood City City Council approved a phased approach to cannabis regulations and while there was agreement with much of the phases and next steps, as City staff works to develop the regulations of each phase, all phases will return to the City Council for further discussion and approval. Phase 1 and 2 continues to allow medical cannabis delivery. Phase 3 allowed cannabis delivery from non-storefront retail delivery facilities located within the City. Read the staff report here. (https://www.redwoodcity.org/departments/city-manager/city-manager-s-initiatives/potential-cannabis-regulations)

Fullerton: On November 17th the City of Fullerton reversed its ban on cannabis businesses and is moving forward with the permitting process. The City will issue cannabis operational permits for retail, manufacturing, and indoor cultivation: up to five of each license type will be awarded. There will be no limit for testing labs. More information: https://www.ocregister.com/2020/11/23/fullerton-council-approves-marijuana-businesses-shops-could-start-opening-late-next-year/

Costa Mesa: This past election the City of Costa Mesa voted in favor of Measure Q, which allows the City to adopt cannabis legislation to allow the permitting of retail cannabis storefront and delivery services. The City anticipates accepting, reviewing and granting permits early 2021. For more information: https://www.costamesaca.gov/hot-topics/measure-q

Santa Ana: While Santa Ana is no longer accepting applications for retail cannabis permits, the City is still accepting applications for other cannabis business types. The City is currently accepting applications for non-retail commercial cannabis businesses, including cultivation, distribution, and/or manufacturing, or laboratory testing. The application for these Non-Retail Commercial Cannabis businesses is available in the gray box at right, under "Applications," and is named "Non-Retail Phase 1/Registration Application." For more information: https://www.santa-ana.org/commercialcannabis

Santa Barbara, California

SB County Seeks Community Feedback on Cannabis Retail Storefront Business License Application Criteria

Public Invited to Participate in Community Meetings and Provide Feedback on Cannabis Business License (Chapter 50) Regulating Cannabis Retail Storefront Licensing Application Criteria

The County of Santa Barbara is hosting six virtual community meetings in July to receive feedback and answer questions about the amended Cannabis Business License (Chapter 50) regulating cannabis retail storefront licensing.

On January 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance amendment to Chapter 50 that established a merit-based criteria scoring system for applicants vying for a cannabis retail storefront license. This ordinance amendment became operational February 13, 2020.

Per the ordinance, the process will commence with community engagement meetings to gather input from the community plan areas where storefront retail is allowed. Chapter 50 (b) limits the number of storefront retail licenses to no more than one in each of six community plan areas. County staff is seeking feedback about the business application criteria (not applicants or specific sites) and neighborhood compatibility for the Neighborhood Compatibility Plan portion of the retail storefront application.

Community engagement meetings had been scheduled to begin in April 2020, but were cancelled due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. To prevent further delay, the County is hosting six virtual community meetings in July with many ways and opportunities for the public to participate and provide feedback. Spanish interpretation will be available.

The meeting schedule and information about how to participate and submit feedback is posted at cannabis.countyofsb.org/retail.sbc. In each of the community meetings, staff from the County Executive Office and Planning & Development will present an overview of the cannabis business licensing and permitting process, followed by an overview of the Community Plan Area (CPA). A video version of the presentation is available on the website prior to the meetings. 

 

Meeting Schedule

 

Helpful Links

Directions to Participate in Virtual Meetings and/or Submit Feedback

County of Santa Barbara Cannabis Permitting and Zoning Map

Santa Barbara County Land Use and Zoning Map

Community Plan Areas webpage

Community Meeting Presentation – English / Spanish -  Coming Soon!

Submit Feedback & Request to Speak at a Community Meeting

Tracy, California

Commercial Cannabis License Opportunity – Tracy, California

Tracy, California will begin accepting applications for a commercial cannabis license on July 6, 2020. The application period will end on August 5, 2020. The following license types will be permitted:

  • Retailer – Storefront

  • Retailer – Non-storefront (delivery)

  • Indoor Cultivation

  • Distribution

  • Manufacturing

  • Microbusiness

  • Testing Lab

 

The application process will include two phases. During Phase 1 all applicants will be screened for eligibility. Those scoring at least 80-percent on their application will qualify for Phase 2. Phase 2 will require additional application materials such as a community benefits and/or engagement plan be submitted.

 

Compass and Arrow Can Help

Phase 1 of the application process requires the submittal of a Business Operations Plan, Budget and Product Price List. We anticipate a security plan and facility layout will also be required. Compass and Arrow can help you generate a competitive application package for Tracy, California. Get a head start on your application by contacting us for more information: support@compassandarrow.com

Cannabis Opportunities in Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine passed an ordinance on May 18, 2020 which allows for and regulates commercial cannabis operations. The application will be merit based and will be judged using a scoring/point system. The scoring matrix can be found in section 35-13, page six, of the Ordinances.

 

Portland will be issuing the following license types/operations:

a. Cultivation – Tier 1. A tier 1 marijuana cultivation license shall allow the license holder to cultivate up to 500 sq. ft. of marijuana plant canopy, and to sell harvested, unprocessed marijuana, marijuana plants, or seedlings at wholesale.

 

b. Cultivation – Tier 2. A tier 2 marijuana cultivation license shall allow the license holder to cultivate up to 2,000 sq. ft. of marijuana plant canopy, and to sell harvested, unprocessed marijuana, marijuana plants, or seedlings at wholesale.

 

c. Cultivation – Tier 3. A tier 3 marijuana cultivation license shall allow the license holder to cultivate more than 2,000 sq. ft. of marijuana plant canopy, and to sell harvested, unprocessed marijuana, marijuana plants, or seedlings at wholesale.

 

d. Dispensary. A dispensary license shall allow a registered dispensary to sell marijuana in accordance with Title 22, Chapter 558-C of the Maine Revised Statute.

e. Manufacturing – Manual. A manual manufacturing license shall allow the license holder to manufacture marijuana using manual processing only.

 

f. Manufacturing – High Hazard. A high hazard manufacturing license shall allow the license holder to manufacture marijuana using chemicals and solvents in addition to manual processing methods.

 

g. Retail – Medical. A medical marijuana retail license shall allow a registered caregiver to sell marijuana in accordance with Title 22, Chapter 558-C of the Maine Revised Statutes.

 

h. Retail – Adult Use. An adult use marijuana retail license shall allow the license holder to sell adult use marijuana in accordance with Title 28-B of the Maine Revised Statutes.

 

i. Small Scale Caregiver. A small scale caregiver license shall allow a registered caregiver to engage in the business of a small scale caregiver, as defined in Chapter 14, including cultivation, manual processing, and limited sales to patients, as defined.

 

j. Testing. A marijuana testing license shall allow the license holder to engage in the business of testing medical and/or adult use marijuana for third parties.

Compass and Arrow Can Help

The application process for Portland, Maine will be highly competitive. We can help by developing application content that leverages the most up-to-date, cutting edge and industry approved Best Management Practices and Standard Operational Procedures and advanced equipment. We can also help you build a team of proven industry professionals that will not only bolster your application but will help ensure the on-going success of your business. Get a head start on your application by contacting us for more information: support@compassandarrow.com

Cannabis Opportunnities in California

The City of Anaheim, California is moving forward with the cannabis licensing and permitting process but has yet to release the application. The City will accept applications for:

  • Distribution

  • Manufacturing

  • Cultivation

  • Retail Sales

  • Deliveries

  • Testing Facilities

The City will host a regular meeting on June 9, 2020 to consider the approval of two out of the three steps that are required to regulate and allow for cannabis operations in Anaheim. The three steps are:

1. Approval of a city ordinance allowing commercial cannabis in Anaheim, including detailed regulations.

2. A ballot initiative to implement a tax on cannabis businesses approved by voters in the Nov. 3, 2020 election.

3. Development of an application process and selection criteria for businesses that wish to open and operate in Anaheim.

 

Compass and Arrow Can Help

Get a head start on your application by contacting us for more information: support@compassandarrow.com

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Cannabis Opportunities in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee amended and approved a marijuana legalization bill. It’s the first time recreational cannabis legislation has ever advanced in the state legislature. (From Marijuanamoment.net)

For more information: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/ri-legal-cannabis-bill-approved-in-committee-newsletter-june-15-2021/