Laws, Policies and Resources

Local Commercial Cannabis Laws, Policies and Resources

The City’s laws and regulations for cannabis licensing and commercial cannabis activity are primarily found in three places: the Cannabis Procedures ordinance in Article 4, Chapter X of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC); the Rules and Regulations for Cannabis Procedures; and the Commercial Cannabis Activity ordinance in Article 5, Chapter X of the LAMC. Collectively, these ordinances and regulations govern how the City processes and issues licenses for commercial cannabis activity, where commercial cannabis activity may take place in the City, and how commercial cannabis businesses must operate in the City.

In addition, the City has passed legislation to impose cannabis business taxes on licensees, establish the Department of Cannabis Regulation and the Cannabis Regulation Commission, to set restrictions on where cannabis-related advertising may be displayed. Links to all of these ordinance can be found below. 

Cannabis Procedures (See Section 104.20 for Social Equity Program and Section 104.06.1 for Phase 3 Rounds 1 and 2) - Article 4, Chapter X of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. Amendments to the Cannabis Procedures Ordinance effective 07/10/2020: Ordinance No. 186703

Cannabis Location Restrictions - Article 5, Chapter X of the Los Angeles Municipal Code

Department of Cannabis Regulation and Cannabis Regulation Commission - Chapter 31 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code

Cannabis Enforcement, Taxation, and Regulation Act - Sections 21.51 and 21.52 of Article 1, Chapter II of the Los Angeles Municipal Code

Advertising of Cannabis, Cannabis Products, and Cannabis Activity - Article 6, Chapter X of the Los Angeles Municipal Code

PDF iconRules and Regulations for Cannabis Procedures (Revised June 23, 2019)

PDF iconDCR Administrative Hearing Procedures (Revised November 2019)

Please note: Cannabis laws and policies are continuously evolving within the City of Los Angeles to learn more and to stay engaged, DCR encourages stakeholders to sign up for Department Alerts, Commission Agenda.

California Licensing and Regulation

Following the passage of Proposition 64, the State of California established an extensive body of regulations for commercial cannabis activity in the state. First, the State Legislature approved the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act to create a licensing and regulatory system for commercial cannabis business. Subsequently, the state’s cannabis licensing agencies, the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, have promulgated a series of emergency regulations for commercial cannabis activity. The state licensing agencies are in the process of preparing non-emergency regulations, which should be finalized before the end of 2018. Please review the links below for more information about the state’s regulatory program.

State Legislation and Regulations

Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act

Assembly Bill 133

Senate Bill 94

Adult-Use of Marijuana Act

Social Equity Program Reports

The City has adopted a Social Equity Program to provide equitable access to its licensing system to individual who have been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. The features of the program can be found in Section 104.20 of the Cannabis Procedures ordinance (link above). Additionally, below you may review the Cannabis Social Equity Analysis Report the City Council commissioned to assist in the design of the Social Equity Program, as well as the original motion introduced in City Council to create the Social Equity Program.

Addendum to the Cannabis Social Equity Analysis Report

Cannabis Social Equity Analysis Report

Original Motion on Social Equity Program