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The Application Period 1 for commercial cannabis permits is June 28-August 11, 2021.
The Orientation "Kick Off" Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 3:00 pm. You may register here for the June 23 Orientation Meeting.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Orientation Meeting, please contact Yesania Anderson at email@example.com
All applicants will be required to submit an initial non-refundable deposit of $8,844.00 for Phases I-III, however, any remaining balance not used resulting from an applicant not participating in any phase of the process will be returned. Reimbursements will not be processed until completion of Phase III. Anyone moving on to Phase IV will be required to submit payment for Phase IV after Phase III is completed.
Applicants possessing ownership interest of five percent (5%), or more, in a retail or microbusiness cannabis permit application shall be limited to submitting only one retail application during this initial application process. However, there will be no limitation on any other permit type which are permitted in the City (i.e., manufacturing, distribution, and testing labs).
An applicant who is not awarded a retail permit in the Application Period 1 (non-Coastal Zone, Jun 28-Aug 11), may apply for a retail permit in Application Period 2 (tbd) with a new application and must pay full application fees again.
The City will only accept two retail or microbusiness application Zoning Verification Letters (ZVL) per property (APN). Every owner on the application will be required to complete the Ownership Acknowledgement form which will be provided on the City's website when application documents are released.
The City does not have a specific preference whether a property is a standalone building or one within a shopping center. With either type of location, it matters more how an applicant will address the criteria required in the application for each of the two types.
The number of applications an applicant submits is a business decision and the City cannot provide strategic advice to applicants.
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(Revised 5/27/21): Although the maximum number of cannabis business permits allowed in the City of Ventura remains at 5 retail and 10 industrial-type, the City will hold two application periods in the first year of the program for the following number and type of permits:
The City Council approved a maximum of 5 storefront or non-storefront retail cannabis business permits or microbusinesses. They also approved a maximum of 10 industrial type business permits, including manufacturers, distributors, or testing laboratories.
See the Buffers section below.
For a sense of what a cannabis business might look like, the City’s proposed regulations are similar to Port Hueneme, so the appearance and operations of cannabis businesses in Ventura will be similar to what you see in Port Hueneme.