California Cannabis Business Licensing Guidebook
In 2018 when California’s legal marijuana market launched under a new statewide framework, it quickly became clear that local authorities are the true gatekeepers of the industry.
This framework has led to a wide patchwork of rules, making California a maze for anyone new to the industry or out-of-state operators looking to expand into California. Some cities allow for every type of marijuana company available for both medical and recreational cannabis businesses, others allow only testing labs or cultivation, and some allow only medical marijuana companies.
If you are looking to enter the cannabis market in California or to expand your existing cannabis business, this is your one-stop guide to navigating the maze of the messy regulatory environment, and to where exciting new licensing opportunities may exist.
With your purchase, get the details you need on every key market, including:
- Local governing rules & restrictions
Startup expectations, including required licenses and application fees, and what agencies are in charge of licenses
- Business opportunities, including existing competition and if the area is currently accepting new licenses — or might soon