Cannabis Distribution License

A cannabis distributor may transport, store, package, and label cannabis goods. In some cases, a distributor may be responsible for coordinating the testing of cannabis products and performing a quality assurance review of the products before they are distributed to a retailer. 

A licensed distributor can only distribute cannabis goods, cannabis accessories, and other cannabis licensees’ branded merchandise or promotional materials.

Are you an existing medical cannabis distributor? 

Want to do both adult-use and medical distribution?

Existing medical cannabis distributors in Long Beach may apply to co-locate (perform both medical and adult-use distribution). Effective February 9, 2019, any medical distributor that applies to conduct adult-use distribution at their proposed or existing location must also meet the new zoning and location requirements for adult-use cannabis businesses.

Which type of Distributor are you? 


A "Type 11" Distributor according to the State is responsible for all distribution activities including:

  • Storage of cannabis goods;
  • Packaging and labeling;
  • Testing arrangements;
  • Quality assurance review; and
  • Transporting cannabis products


Transport-Only Distributor

A "Type 13" Distributor according to the State is only allowed to transport cannabis products between other cannabis licensees. 

However, a Transport Only Distributor cannot transport any cannabis goods except for immature cannabis plants and seeds to a licensed retailer. 

Application Process Overview

Step 1

If applying for an adult-use cannabis business license, determine your status as an Equity Business through the Office of Cannabis Oversight. 

Step 2 Submit a completed Cannabis Distribution Business License Application along with all supporting documents by mail to the Long Beach Business License Division. 

Long Beach City Hall
411 W. Ocean Blvd., 2nd Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Step 3 After submitting the application to Business License, Zoning reviews the business location for buffers, zoning, and parking requirements
Step 4 Receive a bill in the mail and submit check for application fees
Step 5 Business License will review the application and all supplemental documents for completeness.  
Step 6 The applicant will receive an email and letter from Business License that the application is complete and can proceed in the process. 
Step 7

Once the application is deemed complete, the applicant will receive a Letter of Local Authorization to apply for a State cannabis license.

Step 8 The applicant continues through the Department Reviews & Inspections process.
Step 9

Department inspections are finalized, and departments submit their approvals in the online licensing system. 

Step 10

The business license is mailed to the business in 3 to 5 business days. 

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