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Screening of Cannabis License Applications Is Underway in WeHo

West Hollywood has begun screening applications for cannabis business licenses. The application process opened on May 2 and will run through May 31.

The city will great a maximum of eight cannabis use business licenses in each of the following five categories:

— Eight recreational cannabis retail licenses.

— Eight licenses for lounges in which cannabis products can be smoked or inhaled. Such lounges must be part of a cannabis retailer. WeHo is one of only a few cities in California that will allow cannabis consumption lounges.

— Eight licenses for lounges in which edible cannabis products (brownies, candy, etc.) can be consumed. Those lounges also must be on the site of a licensed cannabis retailer.

— Eight licenses for vendors of cannabis for medical uses.

— Eight licenses for cannabis delivery services based in West Hollywood. There is no limit on the number of business licenses issued for cannabis delivery services that are located outside West Hollywood and deliver within the city.
The business license screening application process uses a merit-based approach. Each application must contain information about the applicant’s ownership/management team, proposed business plan, design concept, security plan and experience. Applicants do not need to have secured a physical location to submit a screening application.

Each screening application will be reviewed and scored by an independent five-member application evaluation committee appointed by the City Manager, based on 58 specific criteria in the general categories of innovation, connection to West Hollywood, operations, social equity, product offerings, design concept, security plan and past experience.

After the application evaluation committee has reviewed and scored all the applications, the eight top-scoring applicants in each category will be allowed to move forward with obtaining a business license from the city.

Applicants are allowed 12 months to secure a standard city business license. The first step for the selected applicants will be to secure a physical location for their business. Once an applicant has secured a physical location, that applicant will need to obtain the appropriate planning permits from the city’s Current and Historic Preservation Planning Division, affirming that the proposed use is permitted within the zoning for the property. After obtaining planning permits the applicant will have a hearing before the Business License Commission in which the commission will approve or deny issuance for the business license and set any necessary conditions on the business.

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Published: May 09, 2018

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