Commercial Cannabis

In April, 2021, the Daly City City Council approved two ordinances which created the foundations for commercial cannabis operations to legally locate within the City. City Staff conducted their first round of solicitations for Commercial Cannabis Business License Applications from September 1, 2021, through October 1, 2021, and conducted a lottery selection of eligible applications on November 17th. Please see below for a recording of the lottery selection livestream.

Lottery Selection (Recorded on 11/17/2021):

Applications Moving Forward:

Based on Staff review and lottery selection of eligible Commercial Cannabis Business Licenses following the 2021 application solicitation, three operators moved forward in the City's application review and licensing process. The previous applicants and their proposed facility addresses are as follows:

  • Zone 1: Higher Purpose Collective of Daly City, LLC - 2468 Junipero Serra Boulevard
  • Zone 2: Megabud - 190 Skyline Plaza
  • Zone 5: Nebrina Daly City, LLC - 1000 King Drive

The City has is open to receiving eligible applications within Zones 3, 4, 6 and 7, respectively.

Apply for a Commercial Cannabis Business License:

City of Daly City opens its acceptance window for Commercial Cannabis Business License Applications in September of each year. 

The 2023 application acceptance window is now closed!

As City of Daly City is currently working with previously selected cannabis applicants in Zone 1, Zone 2, and Zone 5. (see map and atlas below), the City will only accept applications for cannabis operations located in Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 6 and Zone 7.

In order to apply for a Commercial Cannabis Business License, Applicants must complete a Commercial Cannabis Business License Application and submit it to the Department of Economic & Community Development.

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Approved Cannabis Ordinances:

Allowed Uses:

  • Cannabis retailers (brick-and-mortar, delivery, medical)
  • Testing laboratories

Commercial Cannabis Eligibility Zone Map:

As specified in the Commercial Cannabis Zoning district ordinance, cannabis retailers can locate within designated eligibility zones as shown in the map below:

Cannabis Overlay Map 2023

For a more detailed view of each of the eligibility zones shown on the map above, please review the City's supplementary Cannabis Overlay Atlas.

Commercial Cannabis Eligibility Zone Details:

As specified in the approved Cannabis ordinances linked above, only one cannabis retail operation can locate within each of the seven commercial cannabis eligibility zones - capping the total number of cannabis retail operations in the City at 7.

Lottery Selection Process:

Once the City opens-up the commercial cannabis business license application acceptance window and receives applications from interested retail cannabis operators, City Staff will review submitted commercial cannabis business license applications to ensure that they meet the minimum criteria and categorize received eligible applications by Eligibility Zone as shown on the map above. 

Once categorized, City Staff shall randomly select one eligible application for each Eligibility Zone unless no applications have been received for a given Eligibility Zone. Selected applicants shall be issued a provisional commercial cannabis business license with an invitation to apply for a formal commercial cannabis business license pending final verification of security plans and site control in the form of an executed lease or property ownership.

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