Commercial Cannabis Portal

Revised: August 23, 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. Please view the Frequently Asked Questions for guidance on the application process and permits. For medicinal retail ("Measure BB"), please click here. All applications and resources are available in the gray box at right.

The City is now accepting applications for non-retail commercial cannabis businesses, including 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.

New! - The City is now accepting the newly-formatted Phase 1 and Phase 2 applications posted under the "Current Applications" section at right. Applications are only accepted in digital (CD or USB flash drive) format. Printed applications are no longer accepted. All applications and processing fees must continue to be submitted in person using the instructions contained in each packet and/or the Frequently Asked Questions, also available at right.

Adult-Use Cannabis Retail

Applications for adult-use commercial cannabis retail are no longer being accepted. The application period closed on March 1, 2018.

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

There is no deadline for to submit applications for non-retail commercial cannabis activities. Applicants are highly encouraged to call the Planning Division counter at (714) 647-5804 or email cannabis@santa-ana.org 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" adult-use retailer 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: Cannabis@Santa-Ana.org. 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: santa-ana.org/cannabiscollectives/