The City of Adelanto began accepting Medical Cannabis applications on July 6th, 2017. Details of the application process have been provided by the Planning Division. The city published a Medical Cultivation Ordinance and a Dispensaries Ordinance to outline the rules for each license type. The biggest difference between license types is where the businesses are zoned to operate, otherwise the application process is identical.
Individuals seeking entry into the Cannabis Industry in Adelanto should follow 4 key steps.
Step 1: Identify a Property
Cultivation, Manufacturing, Transportation, and Testing Properties
For Medical Cannabis Cultivation, Manufacturing, Transportation, Distribution, and Testing applicants should look for properties within the Manufacturing/Industrial (M1) or Light Manufacturing (LM) zoning designation in the Industrial Park. Applicants should avoid any property that is within a 2,500 foot radius of a school, public playground or park, child care or day care facility, youth center, or church, or as further amended by City Ordinances.
Medical Cannabis Dispensaries applicants should look for a property within the designated Medical Cannabis Dispensary Zones The property cannot be within 600 foot radius of a school, public playground or park, child care or day care facility, youth center, or church, nor within 500 feet of a residential property, or as further amended by City Ordinances. All medical cannabis dispensaries must comply with Section 17.80.120 of the Adelanto Municipal Code (Ordinance No. 553).
Step 2: Construct a Compliant Building
For the City of Adelanto, a secure facility is critical to pass inspections to gain Medical Cannabis licensure. During the construction phase, applicants must build the facility with the following criteria in mind:
Step 3: Draft an Operations Plan that Adheres to Adelanto Laws
In the Application, applicants must read and acknowledge the laws related to operating in Adelanto. Some of the key rules are below and should be accounted for in the Operations Plan.
Step 4: Complete an Application
Applications cost $7,000 each and permits are available for Cultivation, Manufacturing, Distribution, Transportation, Testing, and Dispensaries. The process and application for each license type is identical. The application is available here.
Applicants need to submit the following items to the city for consideration:
The city does not mention a cap on the number of licenses being offered. Rather, it is likely that available real estate will be quickly consumed by applicants creating a natural cap on the market. Those who are interested in obtaining a cannabis permit in the City of Adelanto should secure real estate now to expedite the application preparation process.