Status of City of Los Angeles Licensing

Phase 2 (LAMC Section 104.08) Application Filing Period Open until September 13, 2018

On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the Department of Cannabis Regulation began accepting applications for non-retailer commercial cannabis activities. Applications will be accepted until 4 P.M. on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Applicants applying for a License for Non-Retailer Commercial Cannabis Activity pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 104.08 must demonstrate that they meet certain eligibility requirements.  Among other requirements, Applicants must establish that (1) they were engaged prior to January 1, 2016, in the same type of Non-Retailer Commercial Cannabis Activity for which they now seek a License; (2) they supplied an Existing Medical Marijuana Dispensary (EMMD) prior to January 1, 2017; and (3) they qualify under the Social Equity Program.

Click here to access the application portal and to get instructions on how to submit

The first phase of the process focuses on simply establishing social equity eligibility for each applicant.  You will go through the building inspection phase after eligibility.   So don't worry.  Go for it!  

Click here for City of Los Angeles Ordinance and Regulation Information.

Status of State of California​

Click here for updated information on the  State of California licensing authorities and their existing and  NEW PROPOSED regulations.

California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities announced on November 16, 2017 that proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis have been posted online and are available to the public for review.    The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, and Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division each developed the new regulations to reflect the law defined in California’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).

On June 27, 2017, the Governor signed MAUCRSA, which creates one regulatory system for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis. Prior to that law’s passage, state licensing authorities had released proposed regulations to govern the implementation of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. The public hearings and comments from a broad cross section of stakeholders that were informing that regulatory process have also been taken into consideration in the drafting of these proposed emergency regulations.  The licensing authorities emergency regulations went into effective in December 2017. 

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) officially launched its online licensing system on December 8th and started accepting applications for commercial cannabis licenses for retailers, distributors, microbusinesses, testing laboratories and cannabis events. The link to the online licensing system can be accessed here:   For more information on how to fully utilize the online system, users can check out the site’s e-learning portal, which can be accessed here:  Those interested in licensure can access the Bureau’s online licensing system at Users are required to register an account on the Bureau’s online self-service portal prior to applying for a license.

On December 14th, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) issued the first group of commercial cannabis temporary licenses for retailers, distributors, microbusinesses and testing laboratories via its online licensing system.  To view the current list licensees, click here - .


Licensing and Business Development Resources and Information

Cannabis of Los Angeles Clean Energy Go Verde Incubator

Cannabis of Los Angeles (COLA) is the first of its kind brand and enterprise development company created to incubate urban entrepreneurs within its operating companies and to accelerate the development of social equity cannabis related companies.

 Cultivating ​Innovation & Access in the New Green Economy

Think and Grow Lab

COLA’S clean energy Go Verde Incubator Campus is being designed to provide compliant operating facilities and technical assistance for social equity cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and distribution entrepreneurs. COLA’s strategic and synergistic partnerships by and between industry leading companies, social equity entrepreneurs and emerging companies will co-exist within a vertically integrated ecosystem and will foster innovation and access to cannabis industry business ownership and facilitate the elements required to help urban entrepreneurs sustain operations and thrive.

The GoVerde Incubator is being established on 62nd Street and 61st Street in the Good Year Industrial Tract located in Council District 9.  GoVerde offers dedicated and shared work space designed and infused with methodologies to motivate creativity and innovation.  The GoVerde innovation-centered business operations and service model is inspired by the clean-tech La Kretz Innovation Campus based in downtown Los Angeles.   COLA has engaged the innovative companies housed at La Kretz to foster opportunities for sustainability and technological advancement within the cannabis industry and to showcase innovations being developed in the GoVerde incubator.

GoVerde will help to achieve economies of scale to produce high-quality 100% natural cannabis products and offer competitive pricing and promotions for each of its incubatees.   GoVerde will negotiate to secure priority shelf space in COLA affiliated retail cannabis stores for co-packaged brands developed in the incubator.  GoVerde entrepreneurs will also have the capacity to white label products for our affiliate licensed retail cannabis stores helping them to brand their identity and target market specific demand within their local trade areas.  

GoVerde's environmentally conscious business practices will include sustainable building design and operations methodologies that meet city, state and federal guidelines such the use low energy and/or non-volatile extraction methodologies in our manufacturing processes which will reduce energy consumption and potential air pollutants; utilization of LED and plasma lights in the cultivation lab; a continual showcase innovative sustainable solutions created by entrepreneurs; utilization of pesticide-free and organic pest management and cleaning solutions; and utilization of 100% recycled packaging for all products.  

As a sustaining member of the Think and Grow Lab accelerator hub which was created to promote access to the “new green economy”, GoVerde incubatees will receive industry specific consulting services to promote operational compliance, business development and employee job training.  The services offered through Think and Grow Lab are a quintessential element of the COLA ecosystem sustainability strategy and efforts to build compliant and commercialized ventures.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the incubator please email