What Permits Do I Need to Open a Marijuana Dispensary?


Just last year, in the 2016 California general election, the people of the state voted to approve Proposition 64, or the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative. This opened doors for many people interested in pursuing a career as a commercial cannabis grower or distributor. California will not be distributing licenses until 2018, but the state legislature has already passed bills regarding the permits needed to begin growing and distributing marijuana. Those who wish to open a medical marijuana dispensary may do so now.

Types of Licenses

In order to open a dispensary, you will need 1 of 2 licenses—10 or 10A. A Type 10 Dispensary license will be granted to people who want to run facilities where medical cannabis, medical marijuana products, or devices for its use are offered for retail sale. This includes delivery of the above products. A Type 10A Dispensary is a similar establishment, though the holder can have no more than 3 retail sites in the state.

Sellers Permit

Those who wish to sell cannabis will also need to get a seller’s permit from the state. The California State Board of Equalization’s (BOE) website allows you to register online for the permit, though you could do so in person at one of their field offices. The application will require your personal information, such as your Social Security number, date of birth, driver license number, and a name or location of a bank where you have an account. There is no fee for the seller’s permit, but the BOE may require a security deposit to cover any unpaid taxes that may be owed if the business closes at a later date.

Hire a Lawyer

The rules and regulation on selling and cultivating marijuana are very recent and subject to change. You need an excellent San Diego business attorney to help you navigate state and county laws. Contact one of our experienced lawyers today. Call us at (858) 360-7080 or fill out our online form for a courtesy evaluation. We look forward to working with you.

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