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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 adult-use (recreational) marijuana businesses at this time; however, the City is issuing licenses for medical marijuana businesses. It is illegal to operate any marijuana business in the City of Long Beach without having the proper state and/or local licenses. 

Important Updates


The proposed Adult-Use Cannabis Business Ordinance is anticipated to be released to the public no later than June 12, 2018. City Council is tentatively scheduled to discuss the ordinance at its meeting on June 19, 2018. The public is welcome to attend. 

June 19, 2018
5:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
333 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

The proposed ordinance will address 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 no later than June 12, 2018. To access the documents, please click here.   

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