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The City is currently conducting the first commercial cannabis business permit application period to allow up to 3 retail and 10 industrial-type permits. The window to submit applications is currently closed until the next application period which is not anticipated will open until 2023.
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Phase III, Part 2: Public Meeting – July 18
Finalists applying for commercial cannabis business permits will present at a Public Meeting on July 18, 2022 @ 6 pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall. Each applicant will have ten minutes to present and address the online submitted questions or community concerns related to the location or application submitted prior to July 13. There will be an in-person comment period for each applicant directly after their presentation. Note: There will not be an opportunity for follow up/responses or question/answer sessions at the meeting.
All feedback from the public meeting will be provided to the City Manager for use in his final decision.
The community is invited to get involved and share comments or questions on proposed locations and applicants by joining the in-person meeting or sharing feedback online (see How to Submit Public Comment above).
Phase IV: City Manager’s Final Selection – August 2022
The City Manager will receive a report from City staff on the final applicants, including feedback from the public meeting, and will use this information to make a final decision pursuant to SBMC Section 6.420.230 (a)(5). Applicants may appeal Phase IV of the process.
Application Period 1 Closed August 11, 2021
Phase I: Determination of Eligibility
Phase II: Criteria Evaluation and Scoring
The City's consultant reviewed and scored Sections A-D of each application (Sections listed below). A description of the evaluation criteria being scored in this phase can be found in the Application Procedures & Guidelines (pgs. 8-10).
Phase III (Part 1 – Selection Committee): Further Evaluation, Interviews and Scoring
The Staff Selection Committee will conduct interviews using the evaluation criteria for Sections E-H of each application (Sections listed below). A description of the evaluation criteria scored in this phase can be found in the Application Procedures & Guidelines (pgs. 10-12).
How to submit public comment
The public may provide public comment (including comments, questions, and concerns) in two ways:
Written submissions at any time –
All written comments, questions, and concerns should be sent to the Cannabis Program staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: City Hall; Cannabis Program; 501 Poli Street; Ventura CA 93001. All written submissions will be addressed in the manner described below under “What happens with my comments?”.
Public Meeting –
The public may attend the Public Meeting, tentatively scheduled in 2022, to verbally express their site-specific concerns. Only the top applicants will be invited to attend the Public Meeting and the applicants will have an opportunity to respond to the specific concerns.
What happens with my public comment?
Verbal comments at the Public Meeting
For written submissions to email@example.com – see below.
Public Records Act Requests
The City will not be posting evaluations or scores to protect the confidentiality required during the evaluation process.
Per City Council Resolution No. 2021-009, the Application Period 1 will only allow applications for commercial cannabis business permits in the non-Coastal Zone. Up to 3 retail permits and 10 industrial-type permits may be awarded during this application cycle.
The window for Application Period 2 is pending a final decision from the CA Coastal Commission. We anticipate this will not happen until 2023.
If you are looking for a delivery license only and are a cannabis business based in another city (not Ventura as you may not have a cannabis business here without first obtaining a commercial cannabis business permit), you may apply using the instructions on the Business Tax page at https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1556/Apply-for-Business-License
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