Five years after Proposition 64 was passed, more than half of all jurisdictions in the state do not allow licensing of any type of cannabis business
SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) today rolled out a data visualization tool that will help consumers see where they can purchase safe and legal cannabis products from licensed retailers. , educate business owners about which cities and counties are licensing cannabis businesses, and support ongoing conversations about safe and legal California market access.
The data tool can be found on the DCC website here: https://cannabis.ca.gov/cannabis-laws/where-cannabis-businesses-are-allowed/.
Using data compiled by DCC staff in February 2022 and working closely with the California Office of Digital Innovation, the map shows that only 44% of cities and counties allow licensing of at least one type cannabis businesses, while 56% of cities and counties prohibit licensing of all types of cannabis businesses. And even more cities and counties — 62% — prohibit the licensing of any form of cannabis retail.
“This data helps Californians understand the work ahead of us to deliver on the promise of cannabis legalization, including supporting access to a safe, legal, and fair cannabis market across the state and fighting the market illicit and unregulated,” DCC Director Nicole said. Elliott.
The webpage, which includes a map, statewide statistics and a search function, highlights difficulties in accessing licenses more than five years after Californians voted to legalize people’s right to 21 years and older to possess and cultivate specified amounts of cannabis for recreational purposes. use. DCC cannot approve a state license application if license approval would violate the provisions of a local ordinance or regulation, making access dependent on local participation.
The DCC obtained this data by reviewing local ordinances and information provided on local jurisdiction websites, and by contacting some local jurisdictions directly. The Department recommends that those interested in starting a cannabis business contact their local jurisdiction directly for information on specific requirements. If you are a city or county official and believe your data is not correct, please email the DCC at [email protected]
Governor Gavin Newsom’s May review budget proposal includes a one-time $20.5 million allocation to establish a retail access grant program for the local cannabis jurisdiction. The goal of this grant program is to help localities develop and implement local retail licensing programs and help consumers access regulated and tested products through the expansion of the legal California market in the 62% of jurisdictions that currently do not provide retail sales. licensing opportunities. More information can be found on page 138 of the May revision.
The data tool is in its first iteration and will be updated regularly, with the Department welcoming feedback from stakeholders on how to improve functionality, layout and resources. It also represents the first in a series of data projects that CDC plans to deploy as it develops other tools to store, refine, and analyze licensing and compliance data, and to share that data. with the audience.
The DCC licenses and regulates commercial cannabis activity in California and works closely with all stakeholders, including businesses and local jurisdictions to create a sustainable legal cannabis industry and a safe and fair market. The DCC develops and implements progressive cannabis policies with strong protections for public health, safety and the environment. The DCC was formed in 2021 by merging the three state programs previously tasked with regulating commercial cannabis activity.
To learn more about the California cannabis market, state licensing or laws, visit www.cannabis.ca.gov.
Linda Mom Solorio