Commercial Cannabis Activity

General Information

Dual Licensure

The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) creates the general framework for the regulation of commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis in California.

Effective January 1, 2018, California law requires individuals engaged in commercial cannabis activity to have a state license and local authorization. 

Local Authorization

The Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR), in conjunction with the Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission (Commission), is responsible for providing authorization to businesses to engage in commercial cannabis activity within the City of Los Angeles (City).

The City of Los Angeles has authorized the following commercial cannabis activity types:  retail - both storefront and delivery - cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and testing.

Application Procedures

The Los Angeles Municipal Code requires that the DCR and the Commission receive and process commercial cannabis license applications in a specified order and manner. For more information on application procedures please review the Commercial Cannabis Procedures and Regulation No. 3 of the Rules and Regulations.

The following pages are a general summary of the City’s commercial cannabis license application process.  To review the City’s application process and requirements in total, please review the City’s Cannabis Procedures and the Rules and Regulations for Cannabis Procedures.

Generally, the LAMC requires DCR to process applications to engage in commercial cannabis activity in 3 phases:

PHASE 1 ("Existing Businesses") - CLOSED

DCR accepted applications for “Proposition M Priority Processing” as described in Section 104.07 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code from January 3, 2018 through March 4, 2018.

PHASE 2 ("Existing Businesses") - CLOSED

DCR accepted applications for “Non-Retailer Commercial Cannabis Activity Prior to January 1, 2016 Processing” as described in Section 104.08 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code from August 1, 2018 through September 13, 2018.

PHASE 3 ("New Businesses")- TO BE DETERMINED

The City Council is currently considering amendments to the cannabis procedures that will impact the process and timeframe for accepting and reviewing commercial cannabis license applications from new businesses.

DCR is not currently accepting applications for any commercial cannabis activity/ license type. Check back regularly or sign up for alerts for updates. 

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