Office of Cannabis Oversight
The Office of Cannabis Oversight (OCO) regulates the local cannabis industry in Long Beach. The OCO's role is to coordinate the implementation of the City's cannabis laws and regulations.
Some of the types of matters handled by the office:
- Research and develop best practices for adult-use and medicinal cannabis businesses;
- Assist City departments in the implementation of cannabis ordinances and regulations;
- Engage the cannabis industry and community to ensure all cannabis regulations are followed;
- Work with the Health Department to educate the public on cannabis health and safety related issues;
- Collaborate among other cities and state agencies to create uniform regulations.
CITY COUNCIL PASSED ADULT-USE CANNABIS BUSINESS ORDINANCE
The Long Beach City Council passed the Adult-Use Cannabis Business Ordinance at its meeting last night on July 10, 2018. The ordinance will take effect thirty-one (31) days after it is signed into law by Mayor Robert Garcia. To view the council meeting and documents related to the ordinance, please click here.
The City will begin to accept applications for adult-use cannabis businesses after the ordinance has taken effect. More information will be posted on the City’s website at www.longbeach.gov/marijuana.
PROPOSED ADULT-USE CANNABIS BUSINESS FEES
The City of Long Beach will conduct a public hearing on July 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 333 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, California, 90802 to consider the adoption of new and/or adjusted fees designed to recoup all or a portion of costs associated with the adult-use cannabis regulatory program. Specifically, new fees and/or adjusted fees will be considered for the following categories:
Department: Financial Management – Cannabis Business License Fees & Illegal Cannabis Enforcement Fees.
Department: Police – Cannabis Background Investigation Fee.
Department: City Manager – Cannabis Social Equity Program Fees.
Department: Fire – Annual Cannabis Fire Permits Fees.
Department: Health & Human Services – Annual Cannabis Health Permit Fees.
For details regarding the adult-use cannabis fees or for the entire list of proposed new or increased fees and charges, please click here. Additional information on the City of Long Beach Master Fees and Charges Schedule can be found here.
PROPOSED ADULT-USE CANNABIS BUSINESS ORDINANCE
The Long Beach City Council voted to advance the Adult-Use Cannabis Business Ordinance at its first reading on June 19, 2018. The ordinance is tentatively scheduled to be read a second time on July 10, 2018. The public is welcome to attend.
July 10, 2018
City Council Chambers
333 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
The ordinance addresses the following topics on adult-use cannabis businesses:
- Licensing rules and regulations
- Enforcement and penalties
- Health and safety regulations
- Zoning and buffer restrictions
The agenda and related documents will be posted online. To access the documents, please click here.
PROPOSED ADULT-USE ZONING REGULATIONS
On May 17, 2018, the Long Beach Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend that the City Council accept Negative Declaration NO 13-17 and approve Zoning Code Amendment (ZCA 18-003) and Local Coastal Program Amendment (LCPA17-009) to amend Title 21 of the Long Beach Municipal Code (Zoning Ordinance) to define and designate Adult-Use Cannabis uses as permitted, conditionally permitted, or prohibited within specific zoning districts in the City. The proposed Zoning Code Amendment will allow adult-use cannabis businesses to be treated in the same manner as other types of similar land uses.
A video recording and related documents presented at the meeting can be found here.