Cannabis Business Licenses

The Business License Division within the Department of Financial Management licenses all cannabis businesses within the City of Long Beach. 

Any business in Long Beach participating in the cultivation, possession, manufacture, distribution, processing, storing, laboratory testing, packaging, labeling, transportation, delivery, and/or sale of cannabis needs a cannabis business license. 

Business License Division
411 W. Ocean Blvd 6th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Which type of license are you interested in? 

Medical Cannabis


Adult-Use Cannabis

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Application Fees & Forms


Facility Permitting and Inspections

Taxes & Fees 


Applying for a State License 


Services for Licensed Businesses 

Latest News in Cannabis Business

Equity Storefront Retail (Dispensary) Community Survey & Meeting

The City of Long Beach hosted a community meeting about equity-owned storefront (dispensary) businesses in Long Beach on July 28, 2021. Thank you to those that attended!

A survey was also released soliciting input that closed on July 30th. More information about the community engagement efforts can be found at our Equity Dispensary Feasibility Study website

New Cannabis Tax Rate for Manufacturers, Distributors, and Lab Testing Facilities

On January 7, 2020, the Long Beach City Council voted to amend Long Beach Municipal Code Section 3.80.261.C.4 lowering the business license tax rate for medical and adult-use cannabis manufacturers, distributors, and lab testing facilities from six percent (6%) of gross receipts to one percent (1%) of gross receipts.

The new tax rate will take effect beginning February 13, 2020.

New Equity Business Ownership Opportunity

The City has launched a new Cannabis Social Equity Program to promote equal opportunity in the Long Beach cannabis industry and to make cannabis business ownership more accessible to individuals who qualify. To learn more about the equity business ownership opportunity, please vist our page here.


Find out how to: 

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Buy Licensed!

A consumer should always purchase medicinal or adult-use cannabis products from a licensed retailer.
Learn more here.