Los Angeles is Finally about to Start Accepting Applications for Cannabis Delivery, Distribution, and Manufacturing Licenses

Posted by Raza Lawrence on October 7, 2020

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On October 5, the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation announced that it will begin accepting applications for commercial cannabis delivery, distribution, and manufacturing licenses on October 20.  Delivery licenses must be partially owned by a qualified Social Equity Applicant who meets the City’s standard that takes into account low-income status, having a prior cannabis arrest or conviction, and having lived for a minimum time period in one of the City’s police reporting districts that has historically had the most cannabis arrests.  Everyone may apply for the distribution and manufacturing licenses, which do not have the social equity ownership requirements.  All three of the license types require that an applicant own or have a lease for a property in the right zone, and be at least 600 feet away from any K-12 schools.  For all three license types, the City of Los Angeles intends to issue “Temporary Approvals” to applicants that allows them to begin operations while they complete the entire application process, which can take several months.  It is undetermined for now how long the City will be accepting license applications after it begins accepting them on October 20.
On October 6, Margolin & Lawrence partner Raza Lawrence was quoted in Weed Week discussing the next round of licensing in Los Angeles:   https://www.weedweek.net/stories/l-a-moves-forward-with-oft-delayed-licensing-process/

“Hopefully [DCR has] learned some lessons from the past and this next round goes more smoothly,” said Lawrence, who represents cannabis clients. “People just want to be able to get set up with their business and to start operating. They’ve just been upset about the delays and how expensive the process has been, but I think it’s definitely promising looking forward.”  -Raza Lawrence (Margolin & Lawrence)


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