Welcome to the commercial cannabis portal
This webpage details information on the City's commercial cannabis ordinance, which covers adult-use cannabis retail, and adult-use and medicinal cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and testing laboratories. Please view the Frequently Asked Questions for guidance on the application process and permits. For medicinal retail ("Measure BB"), please visit www.santa-ana.org/medicinal-cannabis..
The City is currently accepting applications for non-retail commercial cannabis businesses, including cultivation, distribution, and/or manufacturing, or laboratory testing. A single application and single processing fee may be submitted for any combination of cultivation, distribution, and/or manufacturing, or laboratory testing. Please view the flowchart to learn more about the required application process. There is no deadline for to submit applications for non-retail commercial cannabis activities. Applicants are highly encouraged to call the Planning Division counter at (714) 647-5804 or email email@example.com to schedule a pre-submittal or submittal appointment.
Resources for current applicants or operating cannabis businesses
- New employee, volunteer, manager, or owner application
- This application is required for any new employee, volunteer, manager, or owner. Instructions are contained within the packet. To submit your request for a badge, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Final Application Binder Checklist
- California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Ordinance exemptions
- This is for applicants to provide to the State of California when requested.
- Building/Mechanical Plan Check Handout
- Building Security Handout
Cannabis badge requests
Cannabis individual badge requests may be emailed to email@example.com. The City has updated its Live Scan Request forms in all application packets to reflect a new permit description and mail code. Please ensure applicants are using the latest forms when submitting requests for live scans.
Get #weedwise - Bureau of Cannabis Control
The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) has launched a statewide public service campaign, Get #weedwise, encouraging consumers to only purchase cannabis from licensed businesses. Consumers can verify the license status of a cannabis business by visiting https://online.bcc.ca.gov/bcc/customization/bcc/cap/licenseSearch.aspx.
Cannabis deliveries (non-storefront retail)
The City's cannabis ordinances permit cannabis deliveries only as part of business operations of a brick-and-mortar storefront retailer (dispensary) Third-party, non-storefront retail (delivery) businesses that are not part of a dispensary are not permitted. Please view the Commercial Cannabis Ordinance in the left-hand column for additional details.
Adult-use cannabis retail
Applications for adult-use commercial cannabis retail are no longer being accepted. The application period closed on March 1, 2018. Please click here to view the Phase 2/RSP Eligibility List. The City will re-open the Phase 1 and Phase 2 application period(s) if permits become available.
Questions / interest list
For questions about the City's Commercial Cannabis Ordinances or to sign up to receive future updates, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your contact information, including your name, phone number, and e-mail address in the e-mail message.
For medicinal cannabis information and inquiries, please visit www.santa-ana.org/medicinal-cannabis.