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Marijuana Business Licenses

The Business License Division within the Department of Financial Management is the licensing authority for all medical marijuana businesses in the City of Long Beach. 

The City of Long Beach is currently designing regulations regarding the licensing of medical marijuana businesses. The City is not issuing licenses for recreational marijuana businesses at this time. It is illegal to operate any marijuana business in the City of Long Beach without having the proper state and/or local licenses. 

Important Updates

Dispensary Public Lottery Results

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the City of Long Beach held a public lottery to determine which Non-Priority Medical Marijuana Dispensary Business License Applications were eligible to continue in the application process. The remaining 10 dispensary licenses were awarded, resulting in a total of 32 dispensary licenses to be issued in the city. 

The results of the lottery can be found here

A video of the lottery proceedings can be found here.

Important Update on the Medical Marijuana Buffer Map

Medical marijuana applicants seeking to locate in areas zoned Port-related Industrial (IP) must first obtain a Harbor Development Permit in order to ensure consistency with the Port Master Plan prior to submitting a business license application to the 4th floor of City Hall. The Port Master Plan, as approved by the California Coastal Commission, has the force and effect of State law. The Port of Long Beach is mandated by the State to operate the area within the Harbor District as a sea port and to facilitate international commerce. In furtherance of this State mandate, the Port Master Plan requires that businesses located within the Port be a Port-related or Port-oriented use. Medical marijuana businesses that do not meet the definition of Port-related or Port-oriented use will not be permitted in areas zoned IP. Applications for medical marijuana facilities located in areas zoned IP must include a copy of the Harbor Development Permit in order to proceed through Planning Review. For more information on Port-related or Port-oriented uses, please contact the Port Permits Desk at (562)283-7102 or HDPdesk@polb.com.
An application process flowchart for all Non-Dispensary Medical Marijuana Businesses has been posted on the Medical Marijuana Information Page. Please note that the application process for these business types will be different from the dispensary application process, and will instead follow the standard business license application process in Long Beach. 

Medical Marijuana Business License Application Flowchart

All non-dispensary applications will be accepted on the 4th Floor of City Hall. Following application submittal at the Business License Counter, applicants will have the ability to move immediately to Planning Review at the Planning Counter. The Planning Bureau will confirm that the business location meets all buffer zones and parking requirements. In order to facilitate parking review, staff recommends having site plans available upon request by City staff. If a business does not have site plans ready at the time of application, the applicant may be required to come back for a follow-up visit to complete the Planning Bureau parking review. 

For more information on parking requirements, see the Parking Requirements section on the Medical Marijuana Information page.  

Property Owner Authorization Form

Applicants who do not own the proposed business property must submit the Property Owner Authorization Form. 

Please check the website periodically for updates regarding medical and recreational marijuana in the City of Long Beach. 

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