Medical Marijuana Business Licenses
Five types of medical marijuana business licenses will be issued in the City of Long Beach:
- Medical Marijuana Dispensary (Application Period Closed)
- Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility
- Medical Marijuana Manufacturing Facility
- Medical Marijuana Distribution Facility
- Medical Marijuana Testing Laboratory
Applications for new licenses will be accepted Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
Please bring your completed application package and all required documents when you come to the Business License Counter on the 4th Floor of City Hall. Our staff can answer your questions about licensing processes, but cannot provide legal or business advice. An overview of the licensing process as well as required fees and forms can be found below.
Long Beach Municipal Code Chapter 5.90
On November 8, 2016, the citizens of Long Beach voted to approve the regulatory portion of Measure MM, making it legal to own and operate a medical marijuana business in the City of Long Beach. The ordinance allows for medical marijuana dispensaries, delivery, manufacturing, cultivation, distribution, and laboratory testing. The newly added Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) Chapter 5.90 requires medical marijuana businesses to be licensed by the State following the State issuing licenses beginning in January 2018.
|LBMC Chapter 5.90 Took Effect||December 23, 2016|
|Dispensary Application Period - CLOSED
|January 23, 2017 - July 24, 2017|
|Dispensary Application Period - CLOSED
|January 23, 2017 - February 22, 2017|
|Day Care Center Buffer Added to Buffer Map||January 1, 2018|
|State License Required to Operate||January 1, 2018|
Medical Marijuana Applicants & Licensees
This map displays both licensed and pending medical marijuana businesses in the City of Long Beach.
For a current list of Medical Marijuana applications going through the application process, please click on the links below:
Medical Marijuana Distribution Applications & Licenses
Medical Marijuana Laboratory Testing Applications & Licenses
Application Process (Non-Dispensary)
Medical Marijuana Business License applications for non-dispensaries (cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and lab testing) will follow the standard business license application process in Long Beach.
|Step 1||Applicant submits Medical Marijuana Business License Application at the Business License Counter at City Hall.|
|Step 2||Applicant visits Zoning Counter. Zoning reviews business location for buffers, the building's previous use, and parking requirements.|
|Step 3||Applicant revisits the Business License Counter to pay application fees. Once application fees are paid, applicant can leave City Hall.|
|Step 4||Business License reviews application for completeness. Once application is complete, Applicant can meet with Development Services.|
|Step 5||Applicant contacts Developments Service staff to submit building plans. Once plans are approved, Applicant can begin construction.|
|Step 6||Applicant receives the bill for the intial tax.|
|Step 7||Applicant pays tax and is issued the Letter of Local Authorization.|
|Step 8||Inspections of the building are finalized and Development Services issues a Certificate of Occupancy.|
|Step 9||Applicants schedules final inspections with Business License and Hazmat.|
|Step 10||All Departments approve the license in the online licensing system.|
|Step 11||Applicant receives business license in mail.*|
*Lab Testing facilities must receive ISO accreditation prior to receiving a business license
Printable version: Medical Marijuana Business License Application Flowchart
Applications for a new Medical Marijuana Business License will be handled in the normal course of business.
There is currently no application deadline for these license applications.
Applications can be submitted in-person to:
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please submit the application materials in a three ring binder or envelope in the following order:
- Medical Marijuana Business License Application
- Supplemental Information Form
- Operating Plan
- Bind, glue, or staple the application
- Place the applicaiton in sheet protectors
- Provide large sets of plans
|License Type||Application Forms|
Upon submission of an application for a new medical marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay an application fee. Application fees are based on the number of business managers and owners that are listed on the application.
|# of Owners and Business Managers||Application Fees|
Checks should be made payable to the "City of Long Beach".
Please note - application fees are non-refundable. If an applicant does not successfully obtain a license, they may request a refund, in accordance with LBMC Chapter 3.48, of the license fee by emailing a completed Refund Request Form to email@example.com.
Proposed medical marijuana facility locations must comply with the restrictions laid out in LBMC Section 5.90.030:
- No Medical Marijuana Business may be operated in an area zoned exclusively for residential use;
- No Medical Marijuana Business may be located within one thousand (1,000) foot radius of a public or private school (as defined in Health and Safety Code 11362.7689(h));
- No Medical Marijuana Business may be located within one thousand (1,000) foot radius of a public beach;
- No Medical Marijuana Business may be located within a six hundred (600) foot radius of a public park or public library;
- No Medical Marijuana Business may be located within a six hundred (600) foot radius of a day care center; and
- No Medical Marijuana Dispensary may be located within one thousand (1,000) foot radius of another Medical Marijuana Dispensary.
All medical marijuana businesses within the “pink” area of the buffer map are in the allowable area.
Last update to Buffer Map: 1/1/2018
PORT RELATED INDUSTRIAL ZONES (IP)
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.
DAY CARE CENTER BUFFERS IN EFFECT BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2018
On August 22, 2017, the Long Beach City Council voted to eliminate the 600-foot radius buffer for youth centers and add a 600-foot radius buffer for daycare centers in accordance with State law, with an exemption for businesses who submit a medical marijuana business license application prior to January 1, 2018.
Beginning January 1, 2018, the City will begin enforcing a 600-foot radius buffer requirement for “day care centers” for Medical Marijuana Businesses. Medical Marijuana Business License applicants who submit applications prior to January 1, 2018 are exempt from the day-care center buffer requirement. However, this exemption will apply only to the specific marijuana license type identified in the application submitted prior to January 1, 2018.
Cultivation and manufacturing businesses intending to self-distribute marijuana or marijuana products should be aware of this requirement. Beginning January 1, 2018, cultivators and manufacturers will be required by the State to hold a “Distribution” license in order to transport product. Businesses who do not hold a Distribution license will be required to utilize a third party distributor.
View the Day Care Center Buffer Map to see where current day care center buffers are located in the City of Long Beach. The map is provided for informational and preliminary planning purposes only, and is subject to change without notice.
Medical marijuana business license applications will be reviewed by the Planning Bureau after the applicant has submitted the application to Business License. See the Medical Marijuana Business License Application Flowchart for more information.
During the review by the Planning Bureau, staff will verify the property is located within the acceptable area, staff will identify the previous use of the property and the proposed use, and any parking requirements for the property.
In order to prepare for the review of the application by the Planning Bureau, please bring a site plan and floor plan detailing the proposed use of each room/space on the property, the square footage of each room/space, and any parking spaces that will be provided by the business or located on the property.
The following are the parking standards for medical marijuana businesses:
Required Number of Parking Spaces
4 per 1,000 square feet of Gross Floor Area
Cultivation/ Distribution/ Processing/ Manufacturing
2 per 1,000 square feet of Gross Floor Area
Storage or Warehouse
1 per 1,000 square feet of Gross Floor Area
3 per 1,000 square feet of Gross Floor Area
Note: Parking spaces required for multiple uses on a lot shall be calculated separately for each use, and the parking required shall be the sum of all that is required for all such uses, unless otherwise permitted. Additional information on parking requirements can be found in Chapter 21.41 Off-Street Parking & Loading Requirements of the Long Beach Municipal Code.
Live Scan Instructions
Live Scans are required for all owners and business managers identified in the marijuana business license application at the time of application submission. Live Scans will need to be completed and copies of the Live Scan forms submitted with the Medical Marijuana Business License Application Packet. All employees of the business must have Live Scans completed upon hire and a copy of the Live Scan results must be included with the employee personnel file at the business.
Live Scan Instructions for Business Owners & Managers
Live Scans may be performed by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) by appointment only or at a third party Live Scan provider approved by the California Department of Justice (DOJ). Applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize a third party Live Scan provider due to limited availability at the Police Department. Third party Live Scan providers can be found using the DOJ website below:
Applicants should complete all blank fields provided in the “Request for Live Scan Service” form under the “Applicant Information” section. Applicants shall not alter the pre-completed sections of the Live Scan request form, as any modification may result in Live Scan rejection and/or delay by the DOJ or FBI. A separate form shall be filled out for each owner of the business receiving a Live Scan. If a business manager is identified in the application, a separate form shall be filled out for each business manager, as well. The bottom portion of the “Request for Live Scan” form must be filled out by the person conducting the Live Scan.
The Live Scan fee will be charged at the time of Live Scan by the LBPD or the third party Live Scan provider. Live Scan results will be sent directly to the LBPD. The LBPD will be responsible for conducting an additional background investigation upon receipt of the Live Scan results. In order to meet the requirements of LBMC Section 5.90.050, the background check will verify that owners and managers have not been convicted within the previous ten (10) years of any violent or serious felony as specified in Sections 667.5 and 1192.7 of the Penal Code or any felony conviction involving fraud, deceit or embezzlement. The background check will also verify that none of the owners or managers are currently on parole or probation for the sale or distribution of a controlled substance.
If, at any point, the LBPD background investigation determines that one or more of the owners is ineligible pursuant to LBMC Section 5.90.050, the application will be deemed rejected. If the LBPD background investigation determines that one or more of the business managers is ineligible pursuant to LBMC Section 5.90.050, the business will receive notice of such violation. If City staff determines that the business manager is employed by the business after such notice is given, the City may proceed with any remedy available by law, including suspension and/or revocation of the business license.
Applicants are able to hold a combination of medical marijuana business licenses at a single location, but must submit individual applications per license type. The following license combination is prohibited:
- Licensees holding Laboratory Testing licenses may not hold a license in any other category.
Department Reviews and Inspections
Upon submission of a completed application for a new medical marijuana business license, the customer will receive notification via mail and email to make an appointment with the Development Services department to submit plans for the proposed facility. Permit cards will be issued after the plans of the facility are approved that describes how to schedule inspections with the applicable agencies. The Business License Division will receive electronic proof from each of the inspecting agencies as the inspections are completed and approved. All four inspecting agencies must submit proof of successful inspection completion to Business License and the business must receive a Certificate of Occupancy before any license will be issued.We recommend that you enlist the services of a professional to develop plans for the building, zoning, public health, and fire prevention elements of your building. Please have a professional sign the plans before submission to the Development Services department.
Medical Marijuana Facility Permit Requirements (Updated 11/3/2017)
The following City agencies inspect proposed marijuana business locations:
- Development Services: Building and Safety Division
- Development Services: Planning Bureau
- Environmental Health
- Fire Department
The time it takes to process the application depends largely on the timeliness of the applicant in submitting all documentation, the applicant's responsiveness to City departments, and the complexity and scope of the project.
The Department Review and Inspection process can often take the longest time to complete depending on the project. In order to ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible, make sure you are aware of all the requirements needed for your project and have a full and complete set of plans for staff to review. Please visit the Long Beach Development Services website for more information.
After Receiving a Certificate of Occupancy
Once your facility has been approved by Developments Services and a Certificate of Occupancy is issued, the following items must be completed before your business license can be issued:
- Prepare your business for operation (install security cameras, signage, furniture, POS, etc.)
- Schedule a final inspection with Business License
- Schedule a final inspection with Environmental Health (Hazmat)
- All departments must approve the business license in the online licensing system
- All taxes and fees must be paid
All Medical Marijuana Business License Tax Information can be found on the Marijuana Taxes webpage.
Pursuant to Long Beach Municipal Code Section 5.90.150, all medical marijuana business licenses are transferable with prior approval of the City. However, a change in the business name or form of corporate identity (e.g. non-profit to for profit) is not considered a transfer of ownership. To remain consistent with current business license practices, Medical Marijuana Businesses may change their business name (DBA) or may change their form of corporate identity if:
- The Entity Name and Corporate Number as filed with the Secretary of State does not change; and
- The Federal Tax ID or FEIN number does not change.
Any change to the entity name or FEIN is considered a transfer of ownership and needs a new application and prior approval of the City before the change can take place. No notification to the City is required if the entity name and FEIN are not changing and the business is able to convert from a non-profit to a for-profit by amending the bylaws and/or by a vote of the board of directors.
Pursuant to Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) Chapter 5.90 (“Medical Marijuana Businesses”), there are a maximum of thirty two (32) available dispensary licenses that will be issued to conduct Medical Marijuana Dispensary activities in the City of Long Beach.
All thirty two (32) available dispensary licenses have been awarded.
Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applicants
The application period for dispensaries is closed. The application period will only be re-opened if a dispensary license is surrendered or revoked pursuant to Long Beach Municipal Code Section 5.90.080.
On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the City of Long Beach held a public lottery to determine which Non-Priority Medical Marijuana Dispensary Business License Applications were eligible to continue in the application process. Handouts provided at the public lottery can be found here. The remaining 10 dispensary applications were awarded to continue in the process, resulting in a total of 32 dispensary licenses to be issued in the city.
A video of the lottery proceedings can be found here.
Public Lottery Results
The 10 Non-Priority Dispensary applications that are awarded to move forward in the application process are as follows:
|Business Name||Dispensary Address|
|CDAC Cherry Inc.||1940 E Del Amo Blvd Long Beach 90807|
|DBO Investments I, LLC.||1365 W Pacific Coast Hwy Long Beach 90810|
|Elevated Experience Inc.||6150 Cherry Ave Long Beach 90805|
|George Pinto||1319 W 14th Street Long Beach 90813|
|Gold Flora Partners LLC.||5630 E Pacific Coast Hwy Long Beach 90814|
|Healing Design Collective||1621 E Spring Street Long Beach 90807|
|LBC Cannabis Club||3730 E Broadway Long Beach 90803|
|Long Beach Wellness Center||5900 E Spring Street Long Beach 90815|
|Ryan Burns Collective||2800 E 4th Street Long Beach 90814|
|Ryan Cameron Rayburn Collective||2115 E 10th Street Long Beach 90804|
Applicants that were authorized to move forward in the application process are not guaranteed a license. All other requirements established in the Long Beach Municipal Code and other applicable laws must be met in order to obtain a dispensary license. In the event that an eligible applicant is unable to obtain a license at the proposed location, the City will refer to the Pending/Ineligible List to determine which replacement application may move on to Department Reviews and Inspections. Replacement applications will be selected based upon the order of applications on the Pending/Ineligible list and review of the 1,000 foot dispensary buffer requirement. The Pending/Ineligible list will expire upon that date that the City issues a total of 32 dispensary licenses.
Dispensaries must abide by the conditions outlined in the document below in addition to all local, state, and/or federal laws.
The State of California will issue temporary marijuana licenses beginning January 1, 2018 pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 26050.1. In order to apply for a State temporary license, Applicants must provide evidence of a valid license, permit, or other local authorization. The City of Long Beach will issue a letter of local authorization for an applicant to obtain the temporary State license if the proposed medical marijuana business has completed the following tasks:
- The Applicant has submitted the Medical Marijuana Business License Application, Operating Plan, Supplemental Information, and applicable fees to the City of Long Beach and such application has been determined by the City Manager or his or her designee to be complete;
- The City’s Planning Bureau has conducted a review of the proposed business location and has deemed the application to be in compliance with all applicable buffer distance requirements as set forth in LBMC Section 5.90.030 and Section 5.90.060, as applicable;
- The Applicant has submitted all required plans for plan check approval for review by the Department of Development Services and had such plans approved;
- The Applicant has been issued a valid building permit for the approved marijuana use at the proposed business location by the Department of Development Services; and
- The Applicant has paid all applicable business license taxes and fees.
The letter of local authorization does not grant a business the right to operate in Long Beach. The letter of local authorization is exclusively intended to assist marijuana businesses in initiating an application for a temporary license with the State to obtain the license in a timely manner.
Approval of a State temporary license also does not grant a business the right to operate in Long Beach. A medical marijuana business may not operate in the City of Long Beach until:
- The business has been issued all necessary and valid local permits for the proposed business location;
- The City has issued a valid City of Long Beach Medical Marijuana Business License; and
- Beginning January 1, 2018, the proposed business has been issued a valid license from the State licensing authority.