Marijuana Distributors and Transporters

Recent California State legislation identifies distribution and transportation as new and distinct types of cannabis businesses. By providing a separate license for these activities, legislators hope to limit vertical integration in the industry, which reduces the likelihood of monopolies and diversion of cannabis products to the black market. Additionally, the distributor model helps to increase the quality of products reaching the retail market and facilitates tax collection. While typically less controversial than other marijuana businesses, distribution and transportation face considerable scrutiny of inventory management and recordkeeping. Our consultants are well-versed in the complexities arising from these business models and can help streamline your work flow while obtaining the approvals you need and staying in compliance with local and state regulators.

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Strategy and Planning for Distributors and Transporters

Marijuana distribution and transportation operations also require thoughtful planning to be successful, particularly with logistics, inventory management, and recordkeeping. BeGreenLegal has successfully assisted many businesses with:

  • Business and compliance audits,
  • Carefully-crafted business plans,
  • Entity formation,
  • Project programming,
  • Site, facilities and logistics plans, and
  • Strategic licensing compliance guidance.

We can help you streamline your project and work flow so your productivity increases and you spend less time and money obtaining or maintaining approvals. Learn More

Local Approvals

Cities and counties must ensure that businesses operating within their jurisdiction meet certain conditions to protect residents and the environment by obtaining a permit, authorization, or other form of approval. Distributors and transporters looking to start, expand, or sustain a legal cannabis operation will typically need to obtain one or more of the following:

  • Land use permits
  • Building permits
  • Operator permits

We have been assisting businesses obtain these approvals for years and can provide cost-effective solutions for you. Learn More

Environmental Permits

Legal distributors and transporters are not likely to face as many environmental regulations as other cannabis businesses, but may be required to prepare an environmental assessment related to vehicle fleet pollution or if land development is a part of the project. Additionally, monitoring may be required to ensure permit conditions are met. If your project needs an environmental approval, visit our blog page to learn more or contact us to speak with one of our expert consultants. Learn More

State Licenses

The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is responsible for issuing cannabis distribution and transportation licenses. Currently the agency is reviewing the potential impacts associated with these businesses and formulating license requirements, with the expectation that licenses will start being issued in January, 2018. Obtaining a cannabis distribution or transportation license will first require approval from the city or county in which the operation is located. Our consultants can help with your business goals so you are ready to apply for a license when they are available. Learn More

Opening a dispensary license in california process

Cannabis Businesses Checklist

Are You Prepared?

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control will start issuing cannabis licenses for Retailers, Distributors, Testing Laboratories, and Microbusinesses in 2018, but how you prepare will greatly affect your success in obtaining one.

  • Are you looking for help in defining your business goals?
  • Are you trying to find a city or county that will approve your cannabis business?
  • Are you looking for a property that will suit your needs, reduce setup costs and streamline
    needed approvals?
  • Would you like some help planning your project and preparing your applications?
  • Are you concerned about paying an attorney or consultant a lot of money without seeing results?

Permit/License Requirements

Depending on your license type and situation, you will need the following items:

  • Business Entity Formation
  • Business & Operations Plan
  • Live Scan Background Check Property Deed or Lease Agreement Neighborhood Context Map
  • Site/Facilities Plans
  • Security Plan
  • Odor Control Plan
  • Building Permit (City/County)
  • Land Use Permit (City/County)
  • Business License (City/County)
  • Seller’s Permit (Dept.Taxes & Fees Admin.) Surety Bond ($5,000)
  • ISO/IEC 17205 Accreditation (Testing Laboratories)
  • Commercial General Liability Insurance (Distributors, Microbusinesses)
  • Labor Peace Agreement (> 20 Employees)

Our consultants can help you save time and money while navigating the process of setting up and operating your cannabis business legally. Contact us today for a  half-hour consultation

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