Commercial Marijuana Licensing
The City of Coalinga City Council has provided a means for regulating the commercial cannabis industry in a manner which balances the needs of patients and their caregivers while promoting the health, safety and welfare of residents and businesses within the City of Coalinga. The Community Development Department and the Police Department have been tasked with implementing the City’s Commercial Cannabis Ordinance, the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), which was approved by the State Legislature and signed into law by the Governor in 2015 (see Assembly Bills 243 and 266, and Senate Bill 643 and recent Senate Bill 837) and create a licensing and regulatory framework for medical cannabis.
Currently the City is accepting license applications for commercial cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution, transportation and wholesale nurseries, in accordance with the standards of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and the City’s adopted Urgency Commercial Marijuana Operations (CMO) Ordinance. The City’s ordinance does not allow for the licensing of dispensaries.
As a prerequisite of submitting a license application for commercial cannabis activity, all prospective applicants shall schedule a pre-application meeting with the City by contacting Amy Martinez, Community Development Assistant at 559-935-1533 x141. The pre-application meeting includes a comprehensive review of the application process, the application, and the expectations of the City as it relates to licensing requirements such as the security plan, floor plan, cannabis operational characteristics, employee permits, licensing fees and taxes, monitoring and compliance, legal documents, ect.
DEPARTMENT CONTACT: Sean Brewer, Community Development Director