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Cannabis Retail License Application - California


When applying for a marijuana retail license in California, you are required to provide foundational business documents, operational procedures, and location details. In addition to these essentials, don’t forget to look over the caveats of the application process as they may apply to you.

Before you submit official paperwork to the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), ensure you’ve thoroughly reviewed your requirements to determine if you need the following supporting documents to apply for a retail license in California.

3 Documents to Support Your Annual Cannabis Retail License in California

Labor Peace Agreement

Planning to employ more than 20 people at your cannabis retail operation? California’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) require adult-use and medical marijuana licensees to provide a statement that they intend to enter, or already have a labor peace agreement.

The labor peace agreement is an agreement from you that promises not to resist attempts by a union to organize workers. It’s required, and failure to submit means you are illegally operating. When applying for an annual retail license, submit the agreement electronically to the BCC.

Proof of Rehabilitation

MAUCRSA also requires applicants to disclose all information required by the regulations, which include prior convictions and judgments. How can you convince the BCC to give you a fair chance despite your history? One way to demonstrate that you are fit for licensure is to show the positive changes you have made.

Evidence to prove your rehabilitation may include dated letters of reference from employers, instructors, or counselors. Make sure the evidence provided, also known as a statement of rehabilitation contains valid contact information for the reference.

Proof of Operation before September 1, 2016

If you can prove that you operated in compliance with the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and its implementing laws before September 1, 2016, your application will take priority. However, before you take a sigh of relief, there are a few action steps required. The first is to provide a signed document from the local jurisdiction that contains the following information:

  • Applicant Name
  • Location Information
  • License Type
  • Name and contact information of the local jurisdiction that is responsible for enforcing compliance with the Compassionate Use Act
  • Statement from your local jurisdiction confirming your compliant commercial cannabis activity before September 1, 2016

If none of the above applies to you, stick to the basic requirements of the annual application. Not sure what those are? Check out our newest resource. A simple, easy-to-follow infographic to help you navigate the annual license application process in California like a boss.


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