Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing

The City of Santa Monica currently allows for Medicinal Cannabis Retail (with limited on-site cultivation) and Light Manufacturing operations (i.e. assembly type operations requiring no volatile solvents). Other forms of medicinal cannabis commercial activities are currently not allowed, such as manufacturing, testing, distribution, and stand alone commercial cultivation.

The City currently prohibits adult use (aka recreational) cannabis commercial activities of any kind.


If you are interested in being considered for one of the two Medicinal Cannabis Retailer licenses issued in Santa Monica, please click the icon above.


If you are interested in operating as a Medicinal Cannabis Light Manufacturer, please click the icon above.

Additional Resources

California Cannabis Portal

Department of Consumer Affairs 
Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC)
Primary regulatory agency. Licenses distributors, dispensaries, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses. 


Department of Food and Agriculture
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing
Licenses cultivators and will also be responsible for implementing the track and trace program for plants from cultivation to sale.


Department of Public Health
Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB)
Licenses manufacturers of cannabis products.