California Cannabis Real Estate & Regulations

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Zoned Properties in California


39,240,000 (2021)

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Awarding licenses since the 1st of January 2018

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$5.3 billion (2022)

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We’ve Done The Hard Part! Now, You Just Have To Pick A Spot!

As a Cannabis operator or investor looking for a location in California, you’ll worry about zoning restrictions, local approval, regulation compliance, access to resources, community acceptance, market considerations, and more.

Failure to address these concerns can result in a loss of your property, unfavorable business conditions, or, even worse, a revocation of your license.

The good news is we’ve done the hulking task of sifting through the endless lists of zoning codes and local GIS software. We have combed the entire state to discover the best yet legal properties to set up a Cannabis business.

Does it end at NOT breaking laws? Absolutely not! You also want a location that promotes easy access to resources and markets to foster business growth. We’ve considered all of that. You just need to send us a message today to find suitable locations in California for your Cannabis business.

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Site Identification

Our experts will help you identify green zones within the state to establish your business to save you from any legal constraints.

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We work with a specialized team of real estate brokers to help you lease, rent, buy, or sell Cannabis property in California, offering you the best deals possible.

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If you want to invest in the Cannabis real estate market, we’ve got you covered. We have a large portfolio of Cannabis real estate in different states through our other services.

Ready To Set Up A Cannabis Business In CA?

Under the provisions of Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), California has legalized the recreational use of Cannabis for adults aged 21 and above. The state has been awarding licenses since the 1st of January, 2018, allowing for the establishment of a regulated commercial Cannabis industry.

Since legalizing the recreational use of Cannabis for adults, the industry has made over five billion dollars ($5B). California awards six different types of Cannabis licenses, including the following:

  • Cultivation licenses
  • Manufacturing licenses 
  • Distribution licenses
  • Retail licenses
  • Testing laboratory licenses
  • Microbusiness licenses

California is ready for your Cannabis business if you are. Let us help you find a green zone to situate your business. 

We take the burden off your shoulders by doing the hard work of sifting through the long, tiresome lists of municipal zoning codes and local GIS software. We understand the Cannabis zoning and distancing in California to help streamline the process of locating a viable spot for your business.

California Cannabis Regulations

State Cannabis Overview: The AUMA (Proposition 64) was passed in November 2016 and approved in January 2018 and allowed for the recreational use of Marijuana. Since then, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) has awarded licenses to cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, and dispensaries with strict regulations.

Notably, local jurisdictions can enforce bans and additional restrictions on Cannabis-based activities and products, so it is crucial to work with an expert team that has done the background work to understand these restrictions.

Median Income: $54,370

Cannabis Uses: Manufacturing, Cultivating, Research and Testing Laboratories, Cannabis Event Organizing, Distribution, and Cannabis Microbusinesses (manufacturing, cultivating, retail, and distribution).

Regulations last updated as of: August 2023

Have any Questions?

What do you need to sell cannabis in CA?

Starting a Cannabis business in California is similar to starting any other company. The only difference is the restrictions and licenses you must have to start. Once you have sorted the location bottleneck, the 10-step checklist, as provided by the California Secretary of State, should help you:

  • Choose an entity type and a business name
  • Register the business with the secretary of state
  • Register a fictitious name for your business if you do not want to use your legal name
  • Obtain mandatory licenses, permits, and other authorization from the city/county
  • Visit the California Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration for a seller’s permit and Cannabis tax permit if necessary
  • Obtain required state licenses
  • Obtain a federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) to register your business as an employer.
  • Consult the right tax administration agencies to determine your tax obligations.
  • Fulfill all ongoing business registration requirements
  • Register trademarks and service marks

Once you have checked all these boxes, your Cannabis business should be fully set up and legitimate.

Can anyone sell to a dispensary in California?

Anyone can sell to dispensaries in California once they have the right permits and licenses required to do so. 

Can you sell a cannabis license in California?

A Cannabis license is issued to a specific business name, and there are different types of licenses. Whether you’re a distributor, retailer, manufacturer, or cultivator, you can only get your license from the state. It is unlawful to transfer licenses from one entity to another. You can, however, sell stakes in your Cannabis business.

How many licensed Cannabis operators are in California?

As of 2022, California had the most Cannabis cultivation licenses in the US, with 7,029 licenses as of March and counting.

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