LA Phase 3 - Cannabis Retail Licensing Guide

LA Phase 3 - Cannabis Retail Licensing Guide

Approvals for all new retail cannabis licenses in the City of L.A. will be issued via Phase 3. There will be three defined application rounds within Phase 3, with the first scheduled to start later this summer (Phase 3 - Round 1).

Below is a concise overview of the application requirements and the application rounds for LA’s Phase 3.

Guide to LA Phase 3 Cannabis Retail

Guide to LA Phase 3 Cannabis Retail

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  • All Social Equity Applicants must have applied for verification by the City by 7/29/19

  • Read this post for more information on the qualifying zip codes and what type of evidence you can use.

  • General Applicants can partner with Social Equity Program participants to be eligible to apply.

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  • Round 1 will begin on 9/3/2019

  • Round 2 and Delivery Pilot Program start dates are TBD

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  • For evidence of residency, the DCR recommends LAWDP bills for each year of qualifying residency (the 5+ or 10+ years)

  • The following zip codes are considered Disproportionately Impact Areas by the City of LA

    • 90001, 90002, 90003, 90008, 90011, 90013, 90014, 90016, 90021, 90027, 90033, 90037, 90043, 90044, 90057, 90058, 90059, 90061, 90062

  • For evidence of low income - tax returns from 2017 or 2018

  • For evidence of prior arrest or conviction - court records or police report showing arrest date prior to Nov. 8, 2016.

LA Cannabis Retail Zoning - Phase 3

LA Cannabis Retail Zoning - Phase 3

  • Round 1 will require a property in order to apply (lease is OK).

LA’s neighborhood limits for cannabis retailers, based on population

LA’s neighborhood limits for cannabis retailers, based on population

  • Each neighborhood in LA (Community Plan Area) has a maximum number of retail cannabis licenses they will issue, based on the population in that area.

  • Read our detailed post on Undue Concentration limits here. If you are in one of these areas, there is a process whereby you can obtain approval to operate at that site if you can prove that having a cannabis retail store at your location serves public convenience or necessity (PCN Finding).

For more info on Phase 3 Commercial Cannabis Licensing & the Social Equity Program in the City of LA:

About

Lauren Estevez is an attorney who advises international, multi-state and California cannabis brands, operators, and investors. She is nationally recognized as a subject matter expert in Cannabis Law and her work has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg Law, and SXSW. The National Law Journal awarded Lauren the recognition of Cannabis Law Trailblazer in 2019. Lauren is the founder of LME Law.