Local Permits and State Licenses…

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What do I need to get a permit?

Our checklist is a sample of what you’ll need when applying for a permit for your Cannabis business. Every municipality and county will have slightly different regulations but these six we list in our checklist are universal, more often than not.

The green rush has begun in California

In 2015 the California legislature passed MCRSA (Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act) which made the regulations for medical cannabis much more black and white than they were previously. Don’t get left behind because you couldn’t transition your business correctly, contact us today!

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We put a simple checklist infographic together so that anyone can get a good idea of what to expect. We can assist you with every aspect of compliance for your business. Contact us today to begin receiving support and taking your business to the next level.

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What we do?

Cannabis Research Consultants was created in order to assist entrepreneurs who are interested in getting a business started in the emerging cannabis industry. Even if you have a pre-existing business in the cannabis industry we can help you with the coming regulations to make sure you’re on the up-and-up when it comes to compliance.

Our assistance includes, but is not limited to: understanding local and state regulations, drafting applications for permits and licensure, helping to choose the best proposed location, creating business plans and more!

Why Choose Us?

Our team has experience working within many different municipalities and counties throughout the State of California. We are not just consultants, we are activists who have helped form and continue to form NORML chapters across the state. The founders of Cannabis Research Consultants are the Executive and Deputy Directors of Monterey County NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) which is a non-profit chapter of NORML. It is currently the most active and informational local chapters in the entire State.

The main reason to choose us is because you will get no bullshit; you will only receive honest and transparent work from us. While we have lawyers within our network to assist when needed, we are not attorneys. We are cannabis activists and entrepreneurs ourselves who look to help free this beautiful plant.

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We founded Monterey County NORML in the spring of 2015 and in just this short amount of time so many things have drastically changed in the cannabis world. California now has a completely new structure for medical marijuana, is in the process of drafting detailed regulations, has passed the Adult Use Marijuana Act and this has all taken place within the past 12 months (as of 12/14/16)!

Here at the CRC we’re not just out to make a buck. We eat, sleep and breathe this industry every single day. We are a part of the industry just like you. We have experience working in hydroponic stores (both online and in-person), growing cannabis both with soil and hydroponically, running medical cannabis delivery services, paying taxes, payroll, and the list goes on. People like to work with us because they can relate to us and that’s the same reason we would love to work with you.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is that we can create change and help end the prohibition of cannabis in the USA by educating everyone on the benefits of cannabis. The exciting part about that is there are many ways to facilitate this; we help setup and create NORML chapters throughout the State and country and we assist entrepreneurs in obtaining the proper permits. There aren’t many people in this world who are lucky enough to make a living while also standing up for what they believe in, we are fortunate to be in this position. The more businesses we can help achieve success, the closer we will get to ending this war on cannabis!

Quotes from the founders:

  • There are people who know the industry but not business and people who know business but not the industry, what we try to do is help bridge that gap.

  • A common misconception is that I get paid to tell people what I know, but in reality, I get paid not to tell other people what I know.

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Our awesome services

If you needed assistance with something that is not on this list, feel free to contact us for a custom job. Our scope of work is very broad.

Business Plan

This is essential not only for your business direction but also for the application process when applying for permits.

Finding Property

Our team will assist you in finding the right property for your business that will also comply with local and state regulations.

Safety & Security Plan

Fire safety and facility security are of the utmost importance, especially in our industry. CRC can create these plans for your business.

Enhanced Product Safety

Product safety is a large component of regulation, making sure you have a enhanced product safety plan will help you tremendously during the application process.

Environmental Plan

Almost everywhere you apply will want to know how you will handle your water and waste disposal. The CRC can create an extensive environmental plan for you.

Staffing Plan

Our team can help you with finding quality staff as well as creating a plan of how employment will work in your business. Many government agencies ask for this.

Frequently asked questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from potential clients. We'll continue to add to this as time goes on.

What is MCRSA?

MCRSA stands for the ‘Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act’ and it is a trio of bills that were passed by the California legislature in late 2015. These bills have laid the groundwork to the beginning of black and white regulation in California. It will become effective January 1, 2018 and the details of the regulations are being crafted by the state as you read this.

If I have a criminal background will I be denied approval for a license?

According to the Act, the Bureau may deny a license to an applicant who has been convicted of an offense that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of the business or profession for which the application is made.

How do I get a recreational license?

Prop 64 (aka AUMA) passed in California on November 8, 2016. Effective immediately every adult 21+ years old is legally allowed to posses 1 ounce of flowers and up to 8 grams of concentrate. They can also grow 6 plants at their home. That said, licensing for recreational businesses in California is not expected to happen until 2019.

What licenses will be available under AUMA in 2019?

AUMA mirrors MCRSA in many ways, though they aren’t completely identical. They do, however, have almost all of the same license types with the exception of the microbusiness license and type 5 cultivation (biggest size available). You will be able to go for dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing, transportor and microbusiness license types.

What kind of license types are available under MCRSA?

There are a total of 12 license types available under MCRSA. It’s important to note that not all of them can be mixed together according to the regulations. For example, a Type 8 testing lab cannot also hold the Type 3 cultivation license. Click here for a list of licenses and which can be mixed together.


How can I apply for a license from the Bureau?

The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation is not issuing state licenses at this time. The Bureau recommends interested parties contact their local government regarding the rules and requirements applicable to medical cannabis activities in that city or county.

I have the perfect location, how do I get started?

Not so fast, while the property might be conveniently located, that doesn’t mean that it will meet all the requirements set forth by the city, county or state regulations. The state requires you to be, at minimum, 600 feet from a school. Many local cities and counties have even stricter requirements and may include churches, parks and alcohol establishments.

How much money do I need to invest?

While we cannot give you an exact number, we can tell you that it typically ranges from $500,000 to millions of dollars. There are many variables such as the cost of permits locally, pricing for obtaining a property, proof of capitalization requirements from local regulations and much more. We recommend setting up a hour consultation with us to get a better idea.

I am a qualified medical cannabis patient or primary caregiver. Will I need a license under the new system?

No. A qualified patient who cultivates, possesses, processes, or transports medical marijuana exclusively for his or her personal medical use is not required to get a license. Primary caregivers who provide care to five or fewer medical cannabis patients are also not required to be licensed if they are compliant with the Act.


How will medical cannabis businesses be licensed under the Act?

The Act establishes a dual licensing system between local cities and counties and the State. Businesses will be required to obtain a city, county, or city and county license, permit, or other authorization, before a business can apply for a state license.

If I want to apply for a medical cannabis license issued by the Bureau, what should I do now?

The Bureau is still in the early stages of development and won’t be accepting applications for licenses until 2018. However, there are some cities and counties that are already accepting and selecting applicants. We just so happen to have a list of where and what that we give to our clients.


What if my city/county prohibits all or certain medical cannabis businesses?

If a local jurisdiction bans all or a specific form of medical cannabis business, then, under the Act, a business is not allowed to operate in that jurisdiction.

Can I hold an alcoholic beverage license and a medical cannabis license?

A person who holds an alcoholic beverage retail license may not hold a medical cannabis license.


How many licenses can I have?

The Act does not specifically limit the number of licenses a person may hold of a particular license type. However, the Act does limit the types of licenses a person may hold at one time.

How will the Bureau develop regulations?

What was passed by the legislature in late 2015 was essentially only the skeleton of regulations. Throughout 2017 the Bureau will be drafting the detailed regulations. We will be influencing these regulations for all of our clients to make sure that we do our best to get reasonable rules for all cannabis businesses.


What kind of license will I need?

The type of license you need will depend on your business and what capabilities you desire. The Act limits the different types of licenses that one person may hold.

Choose your packages & pricing

Contact us today if you do not see a package that will fit your needs, we can customize just about anything. Other companies will hide their pricing until you give them your email or phone number and to be honest we’re not fans of that. This is why we’re upfront with our pricing structure immediately, we do not want to waste anyone’s time.

Standard Package

$250per hour

  • One-on-one consultation
  • In-person or via Skype
  • Ask as many questions as you have
  • Receive key insights into local and state compliance

Ultimate Package

$4,000per month*

  • Unlimited Meetings
  • Unlimited Phone Calls
  • Assistance Finding Proper Location
  • Local and State Lobbying Assistance
  • Step by step guidance for six months
  • Draft Application Plans for Local Permits
  • Updates on all current and new regulations
  • Key Staff Recommendations (CPA, insurance, banking, security etc)

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