The City of Bellflower is a growing economic Los Angeles suburb with a population of over 130,000 and growing 10% annually year after year. Recently, Bellflower passed a local ordinance which will allow for 12 licenses for dispensaries, cultivators and processors. Regardless of the type of canna-business, the application process and Business Development plan are the same. The city has agreed to review applications on a First-in/First-out basis. Start-ups and investors will need to work quickly to successfully navigate Bellflower’s regulations and approval procedures to ensure they become a leading candidate in the application process.
WRITE AN OPERATIONS PLAN
To start, applicants will need to draft an Operations Plan for the City that outlines well thought out financial projections for both cost and revenue. Additionally, the Operation Plan must tell a compelling story about the specific business objectives, goals, and with the parameters which will guide safe operations.
This will not as simple as a quick spread-sheet of high level estimates for overhead and sales. City plan submissions need a comprehensive investment and business operating strategy. Thorough Operating Plans include the following items:
APPLY FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT
Next, businesses will apply for a Conditional Use Permit by submitting the Operations Plan for approval to the Building Official and Police Chief. Interested parties must submit a business permit application directly to the City. Then background checks will be performed on the principals of the company followed by a Conditional Use Permit application.
BELLFLOWER APPLICATION SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
Once the application process is in flight, the appropriate vendors and operations model should be ready for execution. This includes the appropriate second and third-party partnerships, investor agreements, legal and financial management procedures ensuring they are all prepared to execute.
Once approval is granted by the City of Bellflower, individuals can begin executing the Operations Plan. The execution of each phase can be delivered in increments and should include, but is not limited to:
Bellflower is an up-and-coming suburban city in the county of Los Angeles and one of the few cities in LA County who are offering opportunities for investors and new business owners with 12 licenses being offered.
Whether a dispensary, cultivator or processor, the planning, application, execution and application process is the same. While at the highest level the process may sound simple, applicants may run into a number of hurdles. It will be critical to follow all steps outlined by the city to ensure partnership and gain approval. Currently, the city has not published the application but you can expect it in the near future. In the meantime, you can call the City of Bellflower at (562) 804-1424, ext. 2207 to get more information.
Santa Barbara County California Marijuana Business Ordinances (Updated 2017)
In Santa Barbara County, all cities have banned recreational marijuana businesses. While permitted medical marijuana business activities vary from city to city, the majority of Santa Barbara cities also passed memorandums prior to the passage of Proposition 64 last year in order to ban medical marijuana businesses in their cities.
Here is a breakdown of the city ordinances that apply to marijuana activities in each city for Santa Barbara County:
Recreational and medical marijuana businesses are prohibited in Buelton. The City County passed Ordinance No. 17-01 in January that placed a 45-day moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses. The ordinance prohibits non-medical marijuana facilities citywide, prohibits any person or entity from cultivating marijuana at any location in the City (with a limited exception for personal indoor cultivation of six marijuana plants or less), and prohibits non-medical marijuana facilities from delivering to any person in the City.
The moratorium was also permitted to be extended for up to 10 months and 15 days after notice public hearing is held along with an extension for up to 10 months and 15 days. In September, 2016, the City Council enacted a 45-day ban on marijuana businesses, both recreational and medical and renewed the ban for up to a year from the original date of passage.
Last year, the Carpinteria City Council approved an ordinance that places a number of restrictions on where recreational marijuana may be cultivated within the city. Under the ordinance, outdoor cultivation of recreational marijuana may only occur in backyards and without any exterior visual evidence. Cultivation is also banned within 600 feet of schools, day care centers, and youth centers.
Goleta currently only permits two medical marijuana dispensaries which were grandfathered in when the city placed a moratorium on additional dispensaries.
Guadalupe currently permits medical marijuana dispensaries. However, the city has not yet implemented city ordinances pertaining to recreational cultivation.
Lompoc recently rejected an ordinance to impose heavy regulations on marijuana cultivation within the City. Currently, marijuana dispensaries are banned in the City of Lompoc, per the Marijuana Ordinance passed in January 2016. As of April 2017, marijuana regulations are still up for discussion by the City Council.
In Santa Barbara, recreational marijuana businesses are banned per an interim emergency zoning ordinance enacted by the City Council in November 2016. Although the ban was set to only go into effect for 45 days, the City Council was granted the ability to extend it for up to two years.
In Santa Maria, nonmedical marijuana operations were temporarily banned in February by the Board of Supervisors. The purpose was to allow the staff and board time to adopt a permanent ordinance, which includes plans for licensing, permitting, and tax and fee schedules.
Currently, marijuana cultivation, packaging, and distribution of recreational marijuana are banned. Regarding medicinal marijuana businesses, the city currently has no ordinance in place to regulate the operations.
The Solvang Municipal Code already prohibits medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation, whether for personal or commercial use. However, it does permit the delivery of medical marijuana to qualified patients under the Compassionate Use Act. Last year, the City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting the manufacturing, processing, laboratory testing, labeling, storing and wholesale and retail distribution of cannabis.
The ordinance was set to expire in 45 days. However the City Council was granted permission to extend it for 10 months and 15 days, then extend it again for one year with a four-fifths vote.