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Commercial Cannabis Businesses

The City of Salinas regulates the establishment and the operation of a limited number of commercial cannabis businesses, including cultivation, dispensaries, manufacturing, distribution and delivery services.  The City allows for the establishment and the operation of a limited number of cannabis businesses.  The regulations pertaining to Commercial Cannabis Businesses can be found in Chapter 5, Article VII of the Salinas Municipal Code.

Commercial Cannabis Business Permits and Applications

The City of Salinas has two types of Permits which may be issued to commercial cannabis businesses: Commercial Cannabis Business Permits and Administrative Permits.

Commercial Cannabis Business Permits

These Permits are required for any business that engages in the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution (except as described under Administrative Permits), dispensing, and/or delivery of cannabis or cannabis products.  These permits are awarded on a competitive basis, and a limited number of permits are available throughout the City for each type.  Applications are accepted only during review rounds.  The City of Salinas is not accepting applications at this time, except for those participating in Application Round 1B.

Administrative Permits

These Permits are required for Testing Facilities and Small Distribution Facilities.  There is no limit to the number of permits that may be issued, and applications may be submitted at any time.  Applications that meet the requirements of all applicable laws and regulations will be approved.

Employee Work Permits

All persons that work at a commercial cannabis business, including contractors, must first obtain a Work Permit from the Salinas Police Department.  These permits must be renewed on an annual basis.  If an employee has a Work Permit, but then accepts a position with a different commercial cannabis business, the employee must obtain a new Work Permit.  The Work Permit application includes a Criminal History Check.

Please see the drop-down box below for documents related to obtaining an employee Work Permit.  For more information, contact Evelia Marr, Senior Police Services Technician, at (831) 758-7226.

News and Updates

Application Round 1B

The City of Salinas is now accepting requests to reconsider applications previously submitted during Round 1.  Participation in this round is limited to those applicants who applied for and did not receive a permit in Round 1.  Requests for Reconsideration must be submitted to the City Attorney’s Office no later than October 27, 2017.  Resubmittal forms and requirements may be found below.