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Frequently Asked Questions About Cannabis Businesses in California

California Cannabis Business Lawyers

Green Wise Legal, P.C., is a leading law firm in the California commercial cannabis industry. Our attorneys provide a wide range of legal services for entrepreneurs and cannabis business owners around the state. We understand that commercial cannabis is an emerging market in California, which means that there are often misunderstandings and misconceptions among those looking to get into the industry. We work closely with cultivators, retailers, manufacturers, and all other types of cannabis businesses. Here are some of the questions we hear most often:

Q. How do I get started on my cannabis business?

A. The process of opening a cannabis business begins with education. It is important to learn as much as you can about the current landscape, both on a local level and nationwide. Stay abreast of changing laws to give yourself the best chance for success. You must also decide what kind of business you want to invest in. Retailers, including dispensaries, and growing operations are the best known and most visible types of businesses, but there are many other possibilities.

Q. How much will it cost to start a business?

A. It is impossible to offer an accurate estimate of your costs until you decide on the nature of your business and the scale on which you wish to operate. A small retail store, for example, is likely to require far less investment than a multi-acre cultivation facility. Where you wish to open your business will also affect your startup costs, as real estate markets vary, as well as local and county taxes.

Q. Do I need a license to open a cannabis business?

A. Yes. In fact, you need at least two licenses in California. The first is issued by the local municipality where your business will be located, and the second is issued by the state. You may also need to obtain additional permits or permissions from other government entities during the licensing process.

Q. Can I open a cannabis business anywhere in California?

A. Cities and counties in California have the right to prohibit commercial cannabis activities within their limits. Municipalities may also limit the number of commercial licenses that are available.

Q. My application for a license was denied. Now what?

A. A denial is not necessarily the end of your business dream. In most cases, a denied application can be appealed, and our team is ready to assist you. We can help you prepare for administrative hearings and to file the necessary appeals documents.

Q. Do I really need a lawyer?

A. Every business owner should have a trusted attorney on his or her side. This is especially true for a cannabis business. A qualified business lawyer can help ensure that the company is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. An attorney can also assist with contract questions, employment issues, and much more.

Q. How can Green Wise Legal, P.C. help me?

A. The attorneys at Green Wise Legal, P.C. are skilled legal professionals with many years of experience in the cannabis industry. We understand the challenges that business owners often face, and we are equipped to provide guidance at every stage of business ownership.

Call 858-605-8743 Today

If you have additional questions about commercial cannabis in California, contact our office. Call 858-605-8743 for a free, confidential consultation with Green Wise Legal, P.C. today. Our firm serves clients in San Diego, Cardiff, Encinitas, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay area and throughout Southern California.

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