Cannabis Collectives Portal
Revised: December 8, 2017
Santa Ana voters approved Measure BB - City Establishment of Medical Marijuana Collectives and Cooperatives on November 4, 2014. In an effort to make as much information available online, this web page has been created and will serve as the central location for information regarding the application and selection process. Please be sure to check back often as information will be added/updated regularly.
On November 9, 2017, the City Council approved Ordinance NS-2929, creating Chapter 40 (Commercial Cannabis) of the Santa Ana Municipal Code that allows adult-use commercial cannabis retail businesses. Click here to view a copy of the ordinance. The new ordinance goes into effect on Monday, December 11, 2017. In addition, the City Council approved administrative amendments to the existing medicinal cannabis ordinance (Chapters 18 and 21).
The new Commercial Cannabis ordinance allows the existing Chapter 18/Measure BB medicinal cannabis collectives/cooperatives that are currently in operation to submit an application in order to receive a Letter of Operational Status. A complete applications is due and must be received at City Hall by 4:00 p.m. on December 14, 2017. Click here for the Registration Application Packet for the existing Chapter 18/Measure BB medicinal cannabis collectives/cooperatives that are currently in operation.
Registration Application packets for all other adult-use commercial cannabis retail businesses ("newcomers" to Santa Ana) will be available in early 2018. Also in early 2018, the City will establish a new webpage for adult-use commercial cannabis businesses with applicable resources and applications.
For information on California Proposition 64, please click here. For additional questions and answers (Q&A) regarding Proposition 64 and relevant background, please click here. Finally, for questions and answers regarding the annual certified audit, please click here.
Feb. 5, 2015 Independent Selection Process (Lottery) Results, updated August 2016:
Annual Qualified Registration Application Renewal (Waitlist) - Qualified registration applicants that are on the waitlist must notify the City of their continued interest in maintaining their status on the registration application waitlist. Applicants must submit their renewal requests via written communication delivered to the Planning Division. Renewal requests for each year-long period must be received between January 1 and March 15 each year. There is no fee to process a renewal. Click here for a sample registration renewal letter to send by mail to the Planning Division.
2017 Updated Wait List - Note: The position of a Collective on the waitlist is dependent on both the location where the collective is proposed and its wait list number. Should additional locations become available in the future, individual Collectives will be notified directly by the City.
New Registration Applications - The City will accept new applications annually between April 1 and April 30 to be placed on the waitlist. Required applications, checklists, and materials may be found in the "Additional Documents and Information" section on the right-hand side of this page. The City will not be holding a new lottery. As such, new applicants will be placed on the waitlist in the order in which the applications are received.
Regulatory Safety Permit Information
The City has created a helpful set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Regulatory Safety Permit process as well as a flowchart which identifies the major milestones in the review process. If after referring to this list you still have questions, please contact the Santa Ana Police Department at RegulatorySafetyPermits@santa-ana.org for further assistance.
Questions / Interest List
For questions about the City's Medical Marijuana Ordinance or to sign up to receive future updates, please send an e-mail to: CannabisCollectives@Santa-Ana.org. Please be sure to leave your contact information including your name, phone number and e-mail address in the e-mail message.