San Luis Obispo will accept applications for cannabis business licenses from January 7, 2019 until January 29, 2019.
The application, available here, must be submitted in order to obtain a cannabis business license. The application applies to licenses for cultivation, manufacturing, retail, testing, transportation, and others.
San Luis Obispo Cannabis Business Application Requirements
While applicants do not have to be San Luis Obispo County residents, the scoring rubric includes a Community Benefit section that significantly values businesses that employ San Luis Obispo residents.
Under the Community Benefit section, applicants will receive 10 of the 20 Community Benefit points when over 90% of their employees are San Luis Obispo County residents. Applicants will also receive 10 points when over 80% of their supplies and equipment are sourced from businesses within 90 miles. For a retail location, those 20 points make up about 15% of the total points available on the application, and on the general application, the Community Benefit portion makes up nearly 25% of the total points available.
In addition, applicants are required to submit the following documents:
- Business Operations Plan
- Education Plan
- Security Plan
- Lighting Plan
- Site and Floor Plan
- Water Efficiency Plans
- Odor Control Plan
- Energy Efficiency Plan
For more information on San Luis Obispo’s cannabis program and application processes, click here for the city’s website. In order to be fully operational, once applicants receive license approval at the city level, applicants will also be required to submit an application for approval from the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the state’s cannabis licensing department.
Need Help Applying for your California Cannabis Business License?
If you need help preparing your required documents for a California cannabis business license, download our California Marijuana Business Application Template Package. The package, customized to California’s cannabis regulations, contains templates for required plans on the state application, including:
- Retail Storefront (Medical and Recreational)
- Nonlaboratory quality control