- Posted by Ryan Reaves
- On May 25, 2017
- application, AUMA, cannabis, commercial cannabis business, MCRSA, medical cannabis, oakland, permits, Prop 215, Prop 64
The City of Oakland has announced this week that they have begun taking applications for medical cannabis business permits for cultivators, delivery-only dispensaries, distributors, testing laboratories, manufacturers, and transporters.
All applicant Board members, partners, and managers must complete a LiveScan background check using the form supplied by the City Administrator and submit a completed “Medical Cannabis Permit Application” with supporting documentation via email with indoor cultivators submitting an additional Statement of Energy Performance.
The LiveScan and applicable fees must be turned into the Special Activity Permits office. The application fee is $2,474 and the LiveScan fee is $32 per person. Qualifying Equity Applications are not required to pay the application fee, only the applicable LiveScan fees.
If the business location has not been identified, the application will be reviewed for conditional approval, but no permit will be issued until applicant identifies a location. The City Administrator has released a map for identifying whether medical cannabis activity is permissible at specific properties. The City will issue an Inspection Card to applicants for obtaining approvals from City Departments and other entities involving planning, building services, fire prevention, and acquiring a Business Tax certificate. Cultivators and manufacturing businesses will need additional approval from the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health or Alameda County Department of Agriculture. Failure to obtain approvals within one year of applicant submission will result in an automatic expiration of the application.
The application and inspection process concludes with a scheduled site visit by the City Administrator’s Office and the Oakland Police Department at the business location to review adherence to security and odor mitigation plans. If no issues are identified during the site visit, the applicant will submit their annual regulatory fee (not applicable to Equity Applicants) and a Medical Cannabis Permit will be issued. A city issued permit is required for obtaining a commercial state license beginning January 1, 2018.
If you have any further questions about the permit application process in the City of Oakland, or are otherwise interested in Cannabusiness, please contact CannaBusiness Law for legal assistance in compliance with cannabis licensing, permitting and the application process relating to commercial cannabis.