Marijuana Business Licenses
The Business License Division within the Department of Financial Management is the licensing authority for all medical marijuana businesses in the City of Long Beach.
The City of Long Beach is currently designing
regulations regarding the licensing of medical marijuana businesses.
The City is not issuing licenses for recreational marijuana
businesses at this time. It is illegal to operate any marijuana business in
the City of Long Beach without having the proper state and/or local
Dispensary Priority Point Ranking Results
Priority Point Ranking results for non-priority dispensary applicants will be posted online August 11, 2017. At that time, the City will also announce a date for the Public Lottery to determine which applications may move on in the application process. Please refer back to the medical marijuana website on August 11 for more information.
Important Update on the Medical Marijuana Buffer Map
Medical marijuana applicants seeking to locate in areas zoned Port-related Industrial (IP) must first obtain a Harbor Development Permit in order to ensure consistency with the Port Master Plan prior to submitting a business license application to the 4th floor of City Hall. The Port Master Plan, as approved by the California Coastal Commission, has the force and effect of State law. The Port of Long Beach is mandated by the State to operate the area within the Harbor District as a sea port and to facilitate international commerce. In furtherance of this State mandate, the Port Master Plan requires that businesses located within the Port be a Port-related or Port-oriented use. Medical marijuana businesses that do not meet the definition of Port-related or Port-oriented use will not be permitted in areas zoned IP. Applications for medical marijuana facilities located in areas zoned IP must include a copy of the Harbor Development Permit in order to proceed through Planning Review. For more information on Port-related or Port-oriented uses, please contact the Port Permits Desk at (562)283-7102 or HDPdesk@polb.com.
An application process flowchart for all Non-Dispensary Medical Marijuana Businesses has been posted on the Medical Marijuana Information Page. Please note that the application process for these business types will be different from the dispensary application process, and will instead follow the standard business license application process in Long Beach.
Medical Marijuana Business License Application Flowchart
All non-dispensary applications will be accepted on the 4th Floor of City Hall. Following application submittal at the Business License Counter, applicants will have the ability to move immediately to Planning Review at the Planning Counter. The Planning Bureau will confirm that the business location meets all buffer zones and parking requirements. In order to facilitate parking review, staff recommends having site plans available upon request by City staff. If a business does not have site plans ready at the time of application, the applicant may be required to come back for a follow-up visit to complete the Planning Bureau parking review.
For more information on parking requirements, see the Parking Requirements section on the Medical Marijuana Information page.
Property Owner Authorization Form
Applicants who do not own the proposed business property must submit the Property Owner Authorization Form.
Please check the website periodically for updates regarding medical and recreational marijuana in the City of Long Beach.
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