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The cannabis application period ended on May 31, 2018. The City of West Hollywood is no longer accepting screening applications for cannabis business licenses.

Please see the information packet below for full details.   In addition to the screening application information packet, other documents regarding the application process are also included below.

While the City does not anticipate any changes to the published information, the City reserves the right to update the information on the City’s cannabis webpage as necessary to resolve any unanticipated issues that may arise before or during the screening period.  Any updated information will be noted as updated.  All applicants are encouraged to check the City’s cannabis webpage before submitting their application.

The following individuals are members of the City’s Cannabis Application Evaluation Committee:

  • Sam Baxter
  • Lynne Lyman
  • Neil Hall
  • Cynthia Wang
  • Kathleen Rosenow

As a reminder, applicants (or their representatives) are prohibited from contacting any member of the Application Evaluation Committee or the Business License Commission in any way. Any violation will result in the dismissal of the applicant’s screening application. Additionally, applicants should be aware that all Application Evaluation Committee members are required to immediately report any attempted contact by an applicant (email, phone, in person, by mail, etc..) to the City Manager.  

If an Application Evaluation Committee Member has a personal or business relationship with an applicant, they are required to notify the City Manager and recuse themselves from scoring the application.

Watch the West Hollywood Cannabis Business Screening Application Public Meeting that took place on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

 

Green Light for Cannabis Businesses in the City of West Hollywood

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The City of West Hollywood has been at the forefront of the national discussion about decriminalizing the use of cannabis and the City has a long track record of supporting cannabis use for medicinal purposes and, more recently, in supporting adult-use cannabis.

To respond to the passage, in 2016, of California Prop. 64, The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the City of West Hollywood engaged leading experts from California and Colorado and convened discussions throughout 2017 to inform the creation of public policy regarding cannabis businesses.

In November 2017, the City of West Hollywood approved an Ordinance to approve amendments to the municipal code and zoning ordinance to regulate cannabis land uses.

The City’s Ordinance makes the City of West Hollywood one of the only cities in the region authorizing business licenses for consumption areas, where cannabis can be purchased and consumed on-site.

On April 16, 2018, the West Hollywood City Council approved amendments to the City's ordinance.  You can view these changes here.

 

Adult-Use Retail Cannabis Begins in West Hollywood 

The City of West Hollywood’s four existing Medical-Use Dispensaries have been authorized to allow Adult-Use retail sales at their current locations on a temporary basis beginning on Tuesday, January 2, 2018:

  • Alternative Herbal Health Services (AHHS) / 7828 Santa Monica Boulevard
  • The Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group (LAPCG) / 7213 Santa Monica Boulevard
  • MedMen WeHo / 8208 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood
  • Zen Healing / 8464 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood
  • FAQs: Cannabis in the City of West Hollywood

    • Will I be able to purchase recreational cannabis in the City of West Hollywood starting in January 2018?

    • How old must you be to purchase adult-use cannabis?

    • Can you ingest cannabis in public?

    • Does a landlord have the right to restrict cannabis use on their property and in a tenant’s unit?

    • If the lease restricts tobacco smoking but does not address cannabis use, is cannabis use allowed?

    • Does a condominium building have the right to restrict cannabis use on the property and in owners’ unit?

    • How can I file a complaint against a Cannabis related Business or cannabis related activity.

    • What recourse do I have if my neighbor smokes cannabis in their apartment and I can smell it in my mine?

    • The Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) allows for the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants for personal use in an individual’s residence. Can a landlord prohibit a tenant from cultivation for personal use?

    • California Civil Code §1940.10 allows tenants to cultivate certain plants for personal use. Does this law allow cannabis cultivation for personal use?

    • Can a tenant use cannabis for medical purposes despite the landlord’s prohibition of cannabis on the property?

    • How does cannabis legalization impact tenants under Section 8?

    • How does cannabis legalization impact homeowners in multi-family dwellings such as condominiums and townhouses?

Cannabis Use and Business Licenses

The Ordinance allows the cannabis use business licenses listed below. The initial cannabis business screening application process will begin in February 2018.

The top eight applicants in each category will be chosen by an Evaluation Committee to move forward in the Business License application process. If chosen, the applicants will then require the approval of a Zone Clearance followed by approval of a business license by the City’s Business License Commission. Cannabis licenses may be applied for in the following categories:

  • Eight (8) Adult-Use Retail Business Licenses;
  • Eight (8) Consumption Area (smoking, vaping, ingestion) with On-site Adult-Use Retail (sales of products to be consumed on-site) Business Licenses;
  • Eight (8) Consumption Area (edible ingestion only) with On-Site Adult-Use Retail (sales of products to be consumed on-site) Business Licenses;
  • Eight (8) Medical-Use Dispensary Business Licenses; and
  • Eight (8) business licenses for cannabis delivery services located in West Hollywood and no limit on the number of business licenses issued for cannabis delivery services that are located outside the City limits and deliver cannabis to customers within the City of West Hollywood.

From 2009 to 2017, the City of West Hollywood had four (4) medical cannabis establishments in operation. Under the City’s adopted ordinance, these four dispensaries may choose to continue to operate Medical-Use Dispensaries at their current location subject to the approval of a state license. If all four choose to continue operations, then an additional four (4) Medical-Use Dispensary Business Licenses will be available beginning in 2018.

 

For additional information about operating a business in West Hollywood,

contact the Business Development Division at creativecity@weho.org or at (323) 848-6429.