Commercial Cannabis Portal

Revised: November 4, 2019

Welcome to the Commercial Cannabis Portal. This webpage details information on the City's commercial cannabis ordinance, which covers adult-use cannabis retail, and adult-use and medicinal cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and testing laboratories. Please view the Frequently Asked Questions for guidance on the application process and permits. For medicinal retail ("Measure BB"), please click here. All applications and resources are available in the gray box at right.

The City is now accepting applications for non-retail commercial cannabis businesses, including cultivation, distribution, and/or manufacturing, or laboratory testing. The application for these Non-Retail Commercial Cannabis businesses is available in the gray box at right, under "Applications," and is named "Non-Retail Phase 1/Registration Application." A single application and single processing fee may be submitted for any combination of cultivation, distribution, and/or manufacturing, or laboratory testing. Please view the flowchart to learn more about the required application process.

New! - The City has updated its Live Scan Request forms in all application packets to reflect a new permit description and mail code. Please ensure applicants are using the latest forms when submitting requests for live scans.  

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) has launched a statewide public service campaign, Get #weedwise, encouraging consumers to only purchase cannabis from licensed businesses. Consumers can verify the license status of a cannabis business by visiting CApotcheck.com.

Cannabis Deliveries (Non-Storefront Retail)

The City's cannabis ordinances permit cannabis deliveries only as part of business operations of a brick-and-mortar storefront retailer (dispensary) Third-party, non-storefront retail (delivery) businesses that are not part of a dispensary are not permitted. Please view the Commercial Cannabis Ordinance in the left-hand column for additional details. 

Adult-Use Cannabis Retail

Applications for adult-use commercial cannabis retail are no longer being accepted. The application period closed on March 1, 2018. Please click here to view the Phase 2/RSP Eligibility List. The City will re-open the Phase 1 and Phase 2 application period(s) if permits become available.

When can I download an application, and when will the City begin accepting applications?

There is no deadline for to submit applications for non-retail commercial cannabis activities. Applicants are highly encouraged to call the Planning Division counter at (714) 647-5804 or email cannabis@santa-ana.org to schedule a pre-submittal or submittal appointment.

The City held an information session for "newcomer" adult-use retailer applicants on January 17, 2018 to discuss the new ordinance, the Phase I application process, and to answer questions from attendees. The PowerPoint presentation from the information session is available in the "Resources" section at right. The PowerPoint was revised on April 24, 2018 to include clarifications on how the buffer distances measurements apply to cannabis retail stores.

Questions / Interest List

For questions about the City's Commercial Cannabis Ordinances or to sign up to receive future updates, please send an e-mail to: Cannabis@Santa-Ana.org. Please include your contact information, including your name, phone number, and e-mail address in the e-mail message.

For medicinal cannabis information and inquiries, please visit: santa-ana.org/cannabiscollectives/