Cannabis Business Licenses

The Business License Division within the Department of Financial Management licenses all cannabis businesses within the City of Long Beach. 

Any business in Long Beach participating in the cultivation, possession, manufacture, distribution, processing, storing, laboratory testing, packaging, labeling, transportation, delivery, and/or sale of cannabis needs a cannabis business license. 

City Hall is currently closed to the public until further notice. During this time, ANY Cannabis applications that need to be submitted must be mailed to the address below:

Business License Division
411 W. Ocean Blvd 6th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Which type of license are you interested in? 

Medical Cannabis


Adult-Use Cannabis

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Latest News in Cannabis Business

Deadline Extension for Medical Cannabis Dispensary Business License

To date, all but one medical cannabis dispensary business has been issued a business license. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated delays, the City Manager’s Office has approved to further extend the medical cannabis dispensary deadline by six months, to October 1, 2021, to allow the remaining business to complete the licensing process.

Learn more here.

New Cannabis Tax Rate for Manufacturers, Distributors, and Lab Testing Facilities

On January 7, 2020, the Long Beach City Council voted to amend Long Beach Municipal Code Section 3.80.261.C.4 lowering the business license tax rate for medical and adult-use cannabis manufacturers, distributors, and lab testing facilities from six percent (6%) of gross receipts to one percent (1%) of gross receipts.

The new tax rate will take effect beginning February 13, 2020.

New Equity Business Ownership Opportunity

The City has launched a new Cannabis Social Equity Program to promote equal opportunity in the Long Beach cannabis industry and to make cannabis business ownership more accessible to individuals who qualify. To learn more about the equity business ownership opportunity, please vist our page here.


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