CALIFORNIA: The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) today rolled out a data visualization tool that will help consumers see where they can purchase safe and legal cannabis products from licensed retailers, inform business owners about which cities and counties license cannabis businesses, and support ongoing conversations about access to California’s safe and legal market.
The data tool can be found on the DCC website here:
Using data compiled by DCC staff in February 2022 and working closely with the California Office of Digital Innovation, the map shows that only 44 percent of cities and counties allow the licensing of at least one cannabis business type, while 56 percent of cities and counties prohibit the licensing of all cannabis business types. And even more cities and counties – 62 percent – prohibit the licensing of any form of cannabis retail.
“This data helps Californians understand the work we have ahead of us in realizing the promises of cannabis legalization, including supporting access to a safe, legal, and equitable cannabis market across the state and combating the unregulated, illicit market,” said DCC Director Nicole Elliott.
The webpage, which includes a map, statewide statistics, and a search function, underscores challenges to licensing access more than five years after Californians voted to legalize the right for individuals 21 years of age and over to possess and grow specified amounts of cannabis for recreational use. The DCC cannot approve an application for a state license if approval of the license would violate the provisions of any local ordinance or regulation, making access dependent on local participation.
The DCC obtained this data by reviewing local ordinances and information provided on local jurisdiction websites, and by contacting some local jurisdictions directly. The Department recommends that those interested in starting a cannabis business contact their local jurisdiction directly for information about specific requirements. If you’re a city or county official and think your data is not correct, please email the DCC at email@example.com.