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If you live in the state of California and are interested in opening a dispensary, Start Your Collective can help. We have years of experience working in this field and have helped to start-up more than 800 collectives in California since 2009. With our proven track record and the total annual growth projections in legal cannabis sales in California, there could be no limit to your start-up potential.

Opening a medical dispensary in California can be tricky. New and always evolving state and local ordinances, laws and regulations can be overwhelming and confusing. In November 2016, Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, was approved by voters at the ballot. Building on the MCRSA regulations, AUMA allows for a recreational marijuana market to operate alongside the medical cannabis market. It encompassed many aspects of California’s marijuana  industry, but will go through a similar process as the MCRSA where clean up legislation and additional regulations will be developed.

All in all, there will be seventeen different business licenses available, depending upon your area of focus, whether that is cultivation, manufacturing, testing, dispensing, distribution, nursery or transport. At this point, only two licenses can be held simultaneously, which could limit the growth potential of your business if not done properly.  Recently governor Jerry Brown introduced a trailer bill to remove vertical integration limits on businesses. Although this “trailer bill” has not passed yet we believe that it will pass mostly intact.

Information like this is where Start Your Collective comes in. Let our team of professionals help you weed through the legislative standards and state and local laws, rather than possibly getting lost in all of the jargon. If you are trying to find out how to open a medical cannabis dispensary in California, Start Your Collective has access to all of the information you will need.

If you are interested in opening a medical dispensary in California and what to learn how to get a dispensary license, you will also need to know the proper steps to take to make your dream a reality. Applications for cannabis activity will be available January 1st 2018, less than 1 year from now. State applications will require dispensaries to submit a business plan, security plan, financial plan,inventory control and maintenance plan, a record keeping plan, and a patient education and awareness plan, which means that there are many steps to take to proceed with starting a dispensary in California. Start Your Collective has all of the resources you will need to conceptualize and actualize your dispensary business. Why wait until January to get started when every attorney, CPA and consultant will be extremely busy helping clients through the application process next year. California is expecting tens of thousands of applications for cannabis licensing. Lets make sure you’re not late to the party.

The state of California is scheduled to begin issuing both medical and recreational marijuana business applications by January 1, 2018. It is imperative that you get your business organized and be ready for the application date. Why struggle with figuring out how much it will cost to open a dispensary, or how to legitimately get a license? Application fees, zoning fees, regulatory fees, and licensing fees. There is so much to know about and account for when considering opening a Cannabis dispensary in California. Wouldn’t you rather take with you the peace of mind that will come if everything is already taken care of by knowledgeable professionals?

It is important to seek professional help if you are thinking of opening a brick and mortar, storefront dispensary, where you will be able to provide various services, such as:

  • Flowers
  • Clones
  • Concentrates
  • Tinctures
  • Edibles and drinks
  • Topicals
  • Glassware
  • Merchandise


Right now, there are a number of reasons that make a more traditional storefront business hard to startup. Some local city and county restrictions typically will not grant permits or access or marijuana storefronts. Start Your Collective has years of experience in this field and can offer advice based on facts and a proven record of success. Why face the uphill battle of zoning, planning and code enforcement laws alone? Let us help.

California is getting ready to change the traditional model of brick and mortar business radically. It seeks to listen to the voice of its citizens and push commerce forward by adapting its laws and regulations to fit more fresh and modern interpretations about what types of businesses can and should exist in California. Now is the time to get in on the ground level and make a change! Now is the time to contact Start Your Collective for all of the information you will need to open your medical marijuana dispensary and keep it open. Give us a call today. We have exactly what you need to help create and run a successful dispensary business.