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The City of Salinas is initiating "Round 3" of commercial cannabis permitting in the cultivation permit category only. 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 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.

Round 3 of Commercial Cannabis Permit Applications

The City of Salinas is accepting application for "Round 3" of commercial cannabis permitting for cultivation between Monday, August 31, 2020 and Monday, September 28, 2020. The City last accepted applications during "Round 2" in 2019.

Round 3 of Commercial Cannabis Permits (CCPs) will be limited to only those in the cultivation permit category. Permits are awarded competitively, and applications are only accepted during specified permitting rounds. The City has established a cap of 23 CCPs among all permit categories, which include cultivation, delivery, dispensary, distribution, and manufacturing. Currently, 18 permits are active; meaning that the permitted business is either operational or working towards operational status. Two additional permits are potentially pending.  A total of three cultivation permits are available to be applied-for in Round 3.

After the Round 3 application period ends, the City's Cannabis Selection Committee will review and rate the applications, then provide a recommendation to the Community Development Department regarding which cultivation permits to issue. The City's cannabis permitting consultant, Mr. Ryan Russell of Rincon Consultants, will assist in management of the application review process.

If you are interested in applying for a cultivation commercial cannabis permit, please review the information provided on this webpage. CCP application forms are available below under CCP Regulations and Forms. Please review the Application Guidelines document for instructions on how to apply.

Prospective applicants may direct questions to Mr. Ryan Russell at [email protected] / (805) 547-0900 x2001.

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 Permits and Administrative Permits. See below for a description of permits and processes related to Commerical Cannabis Businesses.

Commercial Cannabis Permits

Commercial Cannabis 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.  Testing Facilities and small distribution businesses must obtain an Administrative Permit in lieu of a Commercial Cannabis Permit (see Administrative Permits section, below).  Please see below for information on applying for, amending, or renewing a permit.  A list of permits that have been issued, including business contact information for those businesses that have opened, may be found in the Information Center on the right of this page.

Obtaining a New Permit

Commercial Cannabis 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 does not maintain a mailing list for notifying prospective businesses and does not maintain a "wait list" or accept "pre-applications" from prospective businesses. 

Amendments to Commercial Cannabis Permits

Holders of Commercial Cannabis Permits may request to amend their permits if necessary.  Regulations and Forms may be found below under the CCP Regulations and Forms accordion, below.

Renewal of a Commercial Cannabis Permits

All Commercial Cannabis Permits must be renewed on an annual basis.  This date will be determined based upon the effective date of each individual permit.  Regulations and Forms may be found below under the CCP Regulations and Forms accordion, below.  Please note that renewals are required to be submitted a minimum of 60 days prior to the expiration of a Permit.

Appeal of a Decision Regarding a Commercial Cannabis Permit

Decisions by the Selection Committee may be appealed to the Salinas Planning Commission - decisions by the Planning Commission may then in turn be appealed to the Salinas City Council.  A request for an appeal must be filed in accordance with City regulations no more than 10 days following the decision being appealed.  Regulations and Forms may be found below under the CCP Regulations and Forms accordion.  

Administrative Permits

These Permits are required for Nurseries, Research & Development Facilities, 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.  These laws and regulations may be found by expanding the Administrative Permit accordion below.

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 expand the Work Permits accordion below for documents related to obtaining an employee Work Permit.  For more information, contact Evelia Marr, Senior Police Services Technician, at (831) 758-7226.

Issued Commercial Cannabis Permits

The City's permitted Commercial Cannabis Businesses are listed below:

Cultivation (Maximum 5)

1) Emerald Skyway LLC - 1610 Moffett Street

2) Flor Cultivation - 1155 Harkins Road

Delivery (Maximum 3)

1) Compassionate Bay Delivery - 1051 Terven Avenue

2) Golden Essentials - 1020 Merrill Street

3) Purple Trilogy Inc - 1020 Merrill Street

Dispensary (Maximum 5)

1) Canna Cruz - 1156 Abbott Street

2) East of Eden - 514 Work Street

3) Emerald Skyway LLC - 1610 Moffett Street

4) Griffin Holistics - 1072 Industrial Street

Distribution (Maximum 5)

1) Cypress Manufacturing - 1353 Dayton Street

2) Flor X - 516 Work Street

Manufacturing (Maximum 5)

1) 710 Combinator - 518 Work Street

2) Cypress Manufacturing - 20 Quail Run Circle

3) Emerald Skyway LLC - 1610 Moffett Street

4) Griffin Holistics - 1072 Industrial Street