Commercial Cannabis

What you need to know about commercial cannabis in Moreno Valley

This page is designed to be the one location to find all the information you will need to know about Commercial Cannabis in Moreno Valley.  This page will continue to be updated as new information is available.  

Commercial Cannabis Business (“CCB”) - Initial Application Permit Procedure

The initial application process to operate a CCB in Moreno Valley will open on April 2, 2018.

Applications will be available from PlanetBids — on the home screen, register as a new vendor, then search bid opportunities and look for invitation number 2018-019. The documents in PlanetBids outlines the application process, required materials, and other information necessary to operate a CCB in Moreno Valley. To be considered, applications must be submitted by 4:00 PM on May 11, 2018. Applicants are solely responsible for “on time” submission of their application online. The City will only consider applications that have been transmitted successfully through PlanetBids. Transmission of applications by any other means will not be accepted. Applicants shall be solely responsible to familiarize themselves with the online application system in order to properly utilize the application management system for ensuring the capability of their computer system to upload the required documents, and for the stability of their internet service to successfully submit their application. Failure of the Applicant to successfully submit electronic forms shall be at the Applicant’s sole risk and no relief will be given for late and/or improperly submitted proposals.  Proposers experiencing any technical difficulties with the submission process may contact PlanetBids at (818) 992-1771. Questions of an operational nature may be directed to the City’s Purchasing Division at (951) 413-3190. Neither the City nor PlanetBids makes any guarantee as to the timely availability of assistance or any assurance that any given problem will be resolved by the application submission deadline. This application process is adopted pursuant to the Moreno Valley Municipal Code Section 5.05.010, 5.05.040, and 5.05.090. PLEASE NOTE: Upon awarding the provisional CCB Permit, the Plot Plan/Conditional Use Permit (“CUP”) process will need to be completed, as both permits, the CCB and CUP, are needed to operate a CCB in the City of Moreno Valley. These permits will remain provisional until any combination of the three State Licensing Authorities have permitted your business to operate and the City of Moreno Valley has issued your business a Certificate of Occupancy.

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU APPLY YOU:

  • Review the information to learn about the application process and which documents you will need.
  • Review the application in its entirety to ensure that it is complete and accurate.
  • Review the information regarding the commercial cannabis business permit application on the City webpage: which includes the following information:
    • Application procedure to Operate a Commercial Cannabis Business in Moreno Valley
    • Commercial Cannabis Business Permit Application Form
    • Employee/Owner Background Application Form
    • Limitations on City’s Liability and Certifications, Assurances and Warranties
  • Review the information regarding the commercial cannabis business permit process and other requirements on the City webpage: www.moval.org
    • Local regulations governing Moreno Valley CCB’s: Moreno Valley Municipal Code (“MVMC”) Chapter 5.05 and Title 9 as it pertains to Cannabis Business Activities
    • Ordinance No. 926
    • Ordinance No. 932
    • Ordinance No. 933
    • Resolutions 2018-10, 2018-11 and 2018-13
    • Commercial Cannabis Business Permit Live Scan Instructions
    • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Review the information regarding the commercial cannabis business through the State of California
    • Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA)
    • Any other state requirements

Ordinances & Resolutions

  • Cannabis Ordinance 926 – Adding Chapter 5.05 setting rules for the establishment, operation and regulation of commercial cannabis uses
  • Commercial Cannabis Land Use Ordinance 932 – Establishing land use regulations for the operation of commercial cannabis uses
  • Cannabis Ordinance 933 – Revising Chapter 5.05 to change appeal procedures, add new definition of owner and provisions for cannabis micro-business permit
  • Resolution 2018-10 – Amending the fee schedule to include commercial cannabis permit application fees
  • Resolution 2018-11 – Approving the initial procedure for permit applications to operate a commercial cannabis business under City Municipal Code Chapter 5.05 of Title 5
  • Resolution 2018-13 – Approving the revised initial procedure for permit applications to operate a commercial cannabis business under City Municipal Code Chapter 5.05 of Title 5     

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Commercial Cannabis Activities in the City of Moreno Valley

  • Can I grow, sell, process or manufacture cannabis products for commercial purposes in the City?
    Answer: Businesses must apply and be awarded a Commercial Cannabis Business Permit and obtain a Plot Plan/Conditional Use Permit from the City as well as receive a State license from any combination of the three State Licensing Authorities before operations can commence.  Once all three approvals are received, a final Commercial Cannabis Business Permit may be awarded which would allow these activities. 
  • When will I be able to apply for a permit for a cannabis related business in Moreno Valley?
    Answer: The Commercial Cannabis Business Permit application process opens April 2, 2018 and closes May 11, 2018. The Plot Plan/Conditional Use Permit (CUP) land use application may be submitted concurrently, but it is noted that any CUP application made prior to approval of your Commercial Cannabis Business Permit would be an at-risk submittal given it would be made in the absence of assurance that your Commercial Cannabis Business Permit application has been approved. Applications will only be accepted through the City webpage: http://www.moreno-valley.ca.us/rfps/bids_rfps.shtml   Note, applicants that wish to wait until approval of their Commercial Cannabis Business Permit is in hand, can then make application for the requisite CUP, which will be after May 11, 2018.
  • When are the permit application and employee/owner background fees due?
    Answer: Resolution 2018-11 approved the initial application procedure, which states “a payment of $9,551 for the Permit Application Fee plus a $300 Background Application check fee for each employee/owner must be submitted to the Cashier located on the first floor of 14177 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553 (City Hall). The Application Fees must be paid prior to the submission of the application. Receipts from the payment of fees, must be submitted with the application in PlanetBids. Payment must be made by a certified check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to the City of Moreno Valley. Please note the City will not accept cash or credit cards and Application Fees are non-refundable.” Applications must be submitted by 4:00 PM on May 11, 2018.
  • Where do I complete my Live Scan portion of the background process? How much are the Live Scan fees?
    Answer: Review the Commercial Cannabis Business Permit Live Scan Instructions.
  • Starting in January of 2018 the State of California will be issuing temporary licenses to commercial cannabis businesses; will the City issue such licenses and allow businesses to open in January?
    AnswerNo. City will not issue any temporary licenses. The City’s permit application process opens April 2, 2018 and closes May 11, 2018.
  • There are currently dispensaries in the City limits. Why are they allowed to operate?
    Answer: Any dispensary operating in the City is in direct violation of City law, and most likely, State regulations. The City Attorney’s office and Code Compliance staff have prosecuted and caused closure of 20 illegal dispensaries in the last 18 months. Any illegal operation still in place will be dealt with in the same manner now and after legal cannabis businesses are established in the City.
  • When can I legally operate a dispensary or any other cannabis business in the City of Moreno Valley?
    Answer:  Council approved Resolution 2018-11, which approved the initial procedure for permit applications. The application process opens April 2, 2018 and closes May 11, 2018. Businesses must apply and be awarded a Commercial Cannabis Business Permit, a Plot Plan/Conditional Use Permit and a Certificate of Occupancy from the City as well as receive a State license from any combination of the three State Licensing Authorities before operations can commence.
  • Will cannabis businesses be allowed to locate near schools, parks or other places where children maybe present?
    Answer:  The Commercial Cannabis Land Use Ordinance 932, sets the distance separation of 600 feet from schools and other youth activity establishments for any cannabis operation, which is consistent with State law.
  • Where can cannabis businesses operate?
    Answer: The Commercial Cannabis Land Use Ordinance 932, establishes permissible land use zoning districts for each of the cannabis activity types and established development regulations for operation of commercial cannabis dispensaries, testing, cultivation, manufacturing, microbusinesses, distribution centers and related cannabis activities.
  • Can my business start the Plot Plan/Conditional Use Permit (CUP) process before I submit the CCB application?
    Answer: The Plot Plan/Conditional Use Permit (CUP) land use application may be submitted concurrently, but it is noted that any CUP application made prior to approval of your Commercial Cannabis Business Permit would be an at-risk submittal given it would be made in the absence of assurance that your Commercial Cannabis Business Permit application has been approved?
  • Will the City receive revenue from commercial cannabis activity?
    Answer: The City Council approved Resolution 2018-10, which established a fee structure to recover the city’s costs and impacts related to the processing of applications, auditing, inspecting and monitoring commercial cannabis activity in the City. The fees also account for the cost of increased police presence needed to address public safety issues directly related to commercial cannabis businesses. Fees will be collected from the cannabis businesses during the initial application process. As with all user fees, the City is only allowed to charge and collect fees commensurate with the cost of providing services specifically related to the administration of the commercial cannabis program.

    The City Council has directed staff to prepare language for a cannabis tax measure to be considered by the Council for possible inclusion on the November 2018 ballot. If approved by the voters, a tax on commercial cannabis activity will be a direct revenue source to the City’s General Fund to be used for any General Fund expenditure authorized by law, including public safety, streets, parks, library and other activities.
  • Can existing dispensaries or other cannabis businesses be “grandfathered in” and continue to operate when new regulations are adopted?
    Answer: No. As explained above, any existing dispensary or other cannabis business is operating in violation of the law and as such cannot be “grandfathered in.”
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