Cannabis Retail Opportunities - Riverside, Imperial & Orange Counties

Posted by Jenna Rompel on March 26, 2020

Cannabis Retail Opportunities

Los Angeles, CA

Especially in this time of social distancing brought on by the coronavirus, cannabis delivery is more important than ever. And the ability to use 420 at home depends upon the vitality of the cannabis retail industry. Fortunately if you’re interested in operating a cannabis retail license and would like to make Riverside your hub, you’re in luck because there’s a lot of opportunity.
These are the two types of retail licenses: Type 10 = Dispensary; General.
Facility where medical cannabis, medical cannabis products, or devices for the use of medical cannabis or medical cannabis products are offered, either individually or in any combination, for retail sale, including an establishment that delivers, pursuant to express authorization by local ordinance, medical cannabis and medical cannabis products as part of a retail sale.
Type 10A = Dispensary; No more than three retail sites.
Dispensers who have no more than three licensed dispensary facilities. This license shall allow for delivery where expressly authorized by local ordinance.
See below for information on cities accepting applications including eligible zones, location requirements, and links to the city's cannabis licensing page. 
If you have questions or would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us. 
Riverside County
Cathedral City
*Applications closed for locations south of Interstate 10
Eligible Zones:
I-1, CBP-2, PCC, MU-U, MU-N, BP
Zoning Map attached
Location Restrictions:
600' from school, daycare, youth center
250' from East Palm Canyon Drive or residential zone

Jurupa Valley
Eligible Zones:
General Commercial (C-1/C-P), Rubidoux-Village Commercial (R-VC)
Zoning Map attached.
Location Restrictions:
600' from school
1,000' from 3 or more cannabis businesses 
License Cap:
1 dispensary per 15,000 residents
Lake Elsinore
Eligible Zones:
M-1 and M-2
Zoning Map attached.
License Cap:
10 (5 per eligible zone)
Palm Springs
Eligible Zones:
C-B-D, C-1, C-2, HC, C-M, M-1-P, M-1, M-2, A
Zoning Map:
Location Restrictions:
No more than 3 facilities within 3,000' (does not apply in C-M, M-1-P, M-1, M-2, E/I zones)
San Jacinto
Eligible Zones:
Commercial General, Business Park, Industrial Light Zones
Location Restrictions:
100' from residential zones
600' from schools, daycare, youth center
500' from other dispensaries
Imperial County
Imperial County
*Appears open for accepting applications
Eligible Zones:
Gateway of the Americas Specific Plan and Keystone Planning Area Specific Plan. 
Subject to a Conditional Use Permitted Locations in the light and medium industrial zones; and medium and heavy commercial zones throughout the unincorporated area of Imperial County
Zoning Map
Location Restrictions:
600' from school or youth center
Orange County
*Nothing open in the county 

Author: Jenna Rompel

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