Adult-Use Commercial Cannabis Portal

Revised: January 17, 2018

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. To view a copy of the ordinance, please click the link in the "Resources" section at right. 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. Existing medicinal collectives/cooperatives may apply for "priorty" processing, which will leave approximately 12 available spots for "newcomer" applicants beginning in early 2018. No other type of commercial cannabis business activity is permitted, including manufacturing, distribution, cultivation, testing, or microbusiness.

New! - The City will post the Phase I (Registration Application) packet on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The 30-day application window will begin on that date and will end on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m..

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.

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: