Who Can Buy Marijuana Legally in California?
Those who plan to start a business in selling marijuana legally are required to know who they can legally sell to. Any customer who obtains cannabis from you must:
- Be 21 years of age or older
- Not purchase more than 28.5 grams of unconcentrated cannabis
- Not purchase more than 8 grams of concentrated cannabis
Who Can Open a Marijuana Business In California?
Anyone looking to open a retail cannabis business will need to have at least one person who can be defined as the owner of the business. The owner is the individual who will be responsible for completing and submitting the business application and can be any of the following:
- Have an aggregate ownership interest of 20% or more
- Be the CEO of a non-profit or other entity
- Be on the board of a non-profit
- Be a person who participates in the running of the business or who manages the business owner
In addition to the business license, the owner must also obtain other permits and licenses.
Required Permits and Licenses
There are two options for licensing. The Type 9 license is for non-storefront, cannabis-delivery businesses, and Type 10 is reserved for retail cannabis locations with a storefront.
You must hold a license both from the state as well as the city in which you will be conducting business. Whether you have a storefront or not, you will need to submit a $5000 surety bond, payable to the state of California.
In order to operate legally, you will need to obtain both an annual cannabis retailer license and a seller’s permit in CA. Depending on the use of the cannabis you sell, you will either be applying for an A-license for adult-use retail or an M-license for medicinal retail.
The city or county in which you plan to open your business will have their own regulations regarding cannabis sales, so it’s important to check and confirm any details with them.