Commercial Cannabis Portal

Revised: July 2, 2018

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. For medicinal retail ("Measure BB"), please click here.

New! - The City is now accepting applications for commercial cannabis cultivation, distribution, and/or manufacturing, or laboratory testing. The application for these Non-Retail Commercial Cannabis businesses is available in the gray box at right, under "Applications," and is named "Non-Retail Phase 1/Registration Application." 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.

On April 17, 2018, the City Council approved an ordinance allowing commercial cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution activities, making Santa Ana one of a handful of Southern California jurisdictions allowing full commercial cannabis vertical integration, with retail and testing laboratories included. The full ordinance may be viewed by clicking the link in the gray Resources box at right or by visiting and accessing the April 17, 2018 City Council meeting agenda packet.

Applications for commercial cannabis testing laboratories are currently being accepted on a year-round basis. Applications for cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution activities will be accepted beginning Monday, June 4 if the ordinance goes into full effect.

Adult-Use Cannabis Retail

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. The new ordinance went 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 ordinance allows up to 30 adult-use commercial cannabis retail locations; co-location with medicinal licenses is permitted.

Details on the selection process and the applications required are found in the new adult-use commercial cannabis ordinance. Please view the ordinance in the "Resources" section on the right-hand side of this page.

When can I download an application, and when will the City begin accepting applications?

The City will begin accepting Phase 1 and Phase 2 applications, available at right, for non-retail commercial cannabis businesses (distribution, cultivation, and/or manufacturing, or retail) beginning Monday, June 4, 2018. There is no deadline for these non-retail commercial cannabis activities. Applicants are highly encouraged to call the Planning Division counter at (714) 647-5804 or email to schedule a pre-submittal or submittal appointment.

The Phase 1 and Phase 2 (RSP) application periods for adult-use retailers have ended. 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.

The City held an information session for "newcomer" applicants on January 17, 2018 to discuss the new ordinance, the Phase I application process, and to answer questions from attendees. The PowerPoint presentation from the information session is available in the "Resources" section at right. The PowerPoint was revised on April 24, 2018 to include clarifications on how the buffer distances measurements apply to cannabis retail stores.

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: 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: