Cannabis California

Effective January 1, 2019, the City has begun the process of allowing certain commercial cannabis businesses (cultivators, manufacturers, and testing laboratories) and cannabis retailers to operate in the City.  The City Council has adopted a two-step process for commercial cannabis businesses  and cannabis retailers to lawfully operate in the City.  A commercial cannabis business or retailer must first apply for a cannabis regulatory permit in compliance with the provisions of Banning Municipal Code Chapter 5.35 and Chapter 5.33,respectively.  If the commercial cannabis business or cannabis retailer secures a cannabis regulatory permit, then it must apply for and obtain a cannabis conditional use permit in compliance with Banning Municipal Code Chapter 17.53 or Chapter 17.54, respectively. 

Only three (3) cannabis retailers will be issued cannabis regulatory permits and have an opportunity to apply for and obtain cannabis conditional use permits. The three (3) retailers will be selected through a lottery process.  Cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and testing laboratory facilities will not need to go through the lottery process to obtain a cannabis regulatory permit or a cannabis conditional use permit.  

The schedule for the public workshop, application release and submittal deadlines, and public lottery are included below.



City of Banning Council Chambers
99 E. Ramsey Street, Banning, CA 92220
January 23, 2019 / 6:00 p.m.

Effective January 1, 2019, the City of Banning has begun the process of allowing certain cannabis retailers, manufacturers, cultivators, and testing laboratories to operate in the City.

The City will be conducting a Public Workshop to inform the public and potential cannabis business owners of new cannabis regulations in the City. 

All those interested in learning about operating a cannabis business in the City should attend. City Staff will give a presentation and be available to answer cannabis related questions.


This presentation will cover:
1. Types of businesses allowed
2. Where these businesses are permitted to operate (zoning)
3. The Regulatory Permit application process
4. The Conditional Use Permit application process
5. Instructions on filling out the applications and content that must be included in the application
6. Fees and taxes
7. Other cannabis related information


Additional information regarding operating a cannabis business in the State of California can be found at the California Cannabis Portal. Click for details.
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