420 Biz Connect share with you the step-by-step process to start Medical Marijuana Business California. We will cover establishing your Collective, meeting local and state regulation. We will use the local licensing process in Santa Ana as an example for the local regulation.
Please Note – This Article is for Informational Purposes Only. We Do NOT Give Legal Advice. Please consult with your lawyer before making any decision. Marijuana and marijuana businesses are still considered federal offenses.
1) Establish your Collective
A) Establish a mutual benefit nonprofit corporation for your Collective.
Mutual benefit nonprofit corporation
Create your mutual benefit corporation documents:
- Corporation By Laws.
- Articles of Incorporation.
- Statement(s) of Information.
File article of incorporation with the state of CA.
File Statement of Information within 90 days. File online here:
Secure a Business Tax lD (EIN number)
Get EIN number here (online)
Get California Board of Equalization’s Seller permit.
B) Background check, LiveScan and document for each corporate officers, employees and volunteers.
The person must not be convicted/ plead guity/no-contest for any drug related felony or misdemeanor within 4 years. Prepare the following items for each individual
2 Passport Photos
Color copy of ID/ Driver License
Original employee/volunteer application for each person.
C) Find a location for your medical marijuana Collective.
ldentify locations in the appropriate zone. Your location must be at least 600-1000 feet from schools, churches, child care centers, parks and other federal buildings. Prepare the following items:
Map of location
Coordinate of location
Exterior and Interior color photos of location, at least 4 x 6.
Floor Plan of location (include electricity plan)
If leased location: Lease Contract and Landlord Authorization (notarized)
2) Comply with Local Regulation: License and Permit
ldentify the city or county to apply for local license. Here is a list of cities which passed marijuana ordinances: http://www.counties.org/countycity-ordinances
In this article, we use the example of the city of Santa Ana. In the city of Santa Ana, medical marijuana dispensary are allowed. However, cultivation is not allowed.
File License Application – General information
Submit fees (non-refundable)
Filed Affidavit from Landlord (notarized)
Submit map, coordinate, photo, floor plan, electric plan of the business location.
If your license application is approved (it takes 60 days), you can move to the next step.
Get Regulatory Safety Permit
File Regulatory Safety permit application
File Individual Employee/Volunteer Application (one for each person)
File Acknowledgment of Operating Standard
Mutual Benefit Corp docs: a certified copy of the Collective’s Secretary of State Articles of Incorporation, Certificate(s) of Amendment, Statement(s) of Information and a copy of the Collective’s Bylaws
3) Comply with Operation Standards:
Meet operating standards:
Web based closed circuit security camera.
If you carry edibles, you need to comply with Department of Health’s regulations
This process is expected to continue side by side the new recreational marijuana regulations that will be in effect on January 1st, 2018
Start Medical Marijuana Business California
To start medical marijuana business California Call (213) 221-1244