Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Licensing


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The number of applications received by the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) demonstrated extraordinary interest in the Phase 3 Retail Round One Social Equity application process, which the law requires DCR a limit of 100 applicants for further processing. That process has concluded, and the 100 applicants have been identified. 

The Phase 3 Retail Round One application process is currently under review by an independent third-party auditor. That audit is being managed by the office of the City Administrative Officer (CAO). Once final, the audit will help to inform our approach to the application process.



With recent amendments to the City’s cannabis ordinances and related Council instructions in April 2019, the Department has moved swiftly to prepare for Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Application Process which opened on September 3, 2019.

 Accordingly, the Department launched Social Equity “Pre-Vetting,” or the Social Equity Program eligibility verification application process, and began to administer technical assistance to help prospective applicants navigate the Social Equity eligibility verification process. In order to provide technical assistance, DCR facilitated four citywide workshops with more than 3,000 collective attendees; met with and hosted multiple stakeholders meetings; and held approximately 250 one-on-one clinics to guide folks through the eligibility verification process. 

 During the 60-day Social Equity eligibility verification application process, which began on May 28, 2019 and concluded on July 29, 2019, the Department received more than 1,800 applications. To date, DCR has been able to verify more than 1,600 Social Equity Applicants and DCR is continuing to assist those applicants whose eligibility verification determination is still pending. 

 Verified Social Equity Applicants will be eligible for priority application processing, allowing them to be among the first-to-market in the City’s developing cannabis retail market. Verified Social Equity Program Applicants may also qualify for fee deferrals; technical assistance; Business, Licensing and Compliance Assistance; and other programs designed to support equitable licensing and business development. 

 The Department is excited about the launch of the Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Application Processing which opened on September 3, 2019. 

 During the Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Application Process, 100 retail licenses will be available for verified Social Equity Applicants who meet certain requirements on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 The requirements for Phase 3 Retail Round 1 can be found in LAMC Sec. 104.06.1. 

Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Licensing and Social Equity Workshop

On August 6, 2019 the Department of Cannabis Regulation hosted a Technical Assistance workshop to provide information regarding the Phase 3 Round 1 Retail Application Process. Please find materials related to the workshop below.

View workshop video above

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August 6th Workshop Slides

Please note: the August 6th Workshop Slides were edited after the presentation date. Please refer to the slides PDF for the most up-to-date information.