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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. 

Important Announcements

SHARED-USE MANUFACTURING ORDINANCE PASSED BY CITY COUNCIL 

The Long Beach City Council passed the Cannabis Shared-Use Manufacturing Ordinance at its meeting on July 13th, 2021. The ordinance includes a prioritized licensing process for equity applicants and also amended the eligibility criteria for equity applicants seeking to participate in the business ownership program. Details about the changes can be found below.

The ordinance will take effect thirty-one (31) days after it is signed into law by Mayor Robert Garcia. View the council meeting and documents related to the ordinance.

Shared-Use Manufacturing License

The shared-use manufacturing ordinance offers new and licensed manufacturing facilities the ability to allow multiple licensed manufactures to produce cannabis products from a single licensed facility. The City will begin accepting Operator applications from equity applicants only for a period of one year or until 15 licenses have been issued, whatever comes sooner.

The City will begin accepting applications for cannabis shared use manufacturing licenses in October once updates have been made to the City’s licensing system.

Equity Applicant Eligibility Criteria

Starting Monday, August 16, 2021, equity applicants will no longer be eligible using the unemployment criteria for the business ownership benefits of the Cannabis Social Equity Program. Applicants who were verified and approved by the City under the unemployment criteria prior to the ordinance taking effect will still be eligible to participate in the Cannabis Social Equity Program. Equity applicants will also still be eligible under the unemployment criteria for the Equity Hire Program. 

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES CANNABIS DISPENSARIES WITHIN MIXED-USE BUILDINGS IN DOWNTOWN

On July 6th, 2021, the Long Beach City Council voted to allow the operation of adult-use cannabis dispensaries within mixed-use buildings in the Downtown Area (PD-30) by way of Conditional Use Permit approval. The new ordinance will take effect thirty-one (31) days after it is signed into law by Mayor Robert Garcia. View the council meeting and documents related to the ordinance.

The dispensary application process is currently closed; however, existing adult-use cannabis dispensaries will be eligible to move their location into a mixed-use building in the Downtown area once the ordinance has taken effect. More information will be posted on the City’s website at www.longbeach.gov/cannabisbusiness.

NEW CANNABIS POLICY INITIATIVES WEBSITE

The Office of Cannabis Oversight has created a new website to provide updates on cannabis policy initiatives that are upcoming in the City of Long Beach!

The website currently includes information on the following cannabis initiatives:

Shared-Use Manufacturing
Delivery (Non-Retail Storefronts)
Equity-Owned Dispensaries (Storefront Retail)

Each page contains detailed information on the policy topic, current project status, project timeline, and any upcoming community events. As new policies and projects begin, the information for each project will be posted to this site.

For more information and to visit this new site please visit www.longbeach.gov/cannabispolicy.

ADULT-USE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED BEGINNING AUGUST 13, 2018

The City of Long Beach will begin accepting applications for adult-use cannabis business licenses on Monday, August 13, 2018. Businesses may apply to convert and/or co-locate their current medical cannabis application or license or apply for a new adult-use cannabis business license. To learn more, please visit the City of Long Beach Cannabis Business Information website. 

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. View the council meeting and documents related to the ordinance.

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/cannabisbusiness.