Yesterday the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (CBCC) announced they'll be hosting three licensing workshops during the month of October. This is a great oppotunity for cannabis business owners to get up to speed on the application process and required documentation. State officials are hopeful they'll be able to review applications and at least issue temporary licenses by the January 1st deadline but many are skeptical.
(Lori Ajax, Chief of California's Bureau Cannabis Control)
There will be three licensing workshops starting at 10am-1pm.
Los Angeles: October 12
Wallis Annenberg Building, Muses Room
700 Exposition Park Dr., LA, CA 90037
Riverside: October 13
Riverside County Administration Center, Board Meeting Room
4080 Lemon St., Riverside, CA 92501
Sacramento: October 17
Sacramento Convention Center, Exhibition Hall D
1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
From what we know so far, it seems like the time from when applications become available to the time when licenses will be issued is extremely short. It will behoove any cannabis business owner to attend these workshops to learn more about the application process and resources available to aid in commercial cannabis licensing.
Not only will representatives from the CBCC be available to take questions; joining them will be the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDFA). The opportunity to meet with these officials in person to discuss evolving regulations and the best way to obtain a license before January 1st is one you won't want to pass up.
As of now there is no online registration for these workshops, however, you can subscribe to the CBCC email list for all updates regarding commercial cannabis licensing. We suspect registration will take place on the day, at the venue of the workshop. If this is the case, it's probably a good idea to show up a little early to ensure a seat.