Cannabis Businesses

Cannabis Businesses

Adult-use and medicinal cannabis businesses are authorized in the City of La Mesa pursuant to La Mesa Municipal Code Chapters 6.11 and 24.23 (Measure U), respectively, subject to specific locational and operational requirements.

  • Chapter 24.23 codifies Measure U as passed by the voters of the City of La Mesa in November 2016. Measure U requires a conditional use permit for medicinal retail sales, cultivation, and manufacturing.
  • Chapter 6.11 was adopted by the La Mesa City Council in October 2019 and regulates adult-use cannabis businesses. It authorizes adult-use cannabis businesses to co-locate with medicinal businesses approved under Measure U, as well as stand-alone adult-use cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and testing laboratory businesses. No retail adult-use cannabis businesses are authorized except for co-locations with retail locations approved under Measure U.

Applications for Adult-Use Cannabis Businesses

Applications are now being accepted by appointment only for Adult-Use Cannabis Business License for co-locations with medicinal cannabis facilities that have an approved Conditional Use Permit (CUP) under Measure U. Additionally, phase one applications for stand-alone cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and testing laboratory businesses are being accepted. Links to the applications, insurance requirements, and other information for adult-use cannabis businesses can be found below. When all required materials have been assembled, please contact Michael Fellows at 619.667.1103 or to schedule a submittal appointment. Incomplete submittals will be rejected.  

Adult-Use Cannabis Business License Measure U Facility Co-location Application
Adult-Use Cannabis Business License Phase One Application
Adult-Use Cannabis Business License Phase Two Application

Conditional Use Permit Application
Environmental Assessment/Initial Study Application
Measure U Cultivation Supplemental Application
Measure U Manufacturing Supplemental Application
Measure U Dispensary Supplemental Application
Community Development Department Fee Schedule

Live Scan

All cannabis business applications require Live Scan and background check for cannabis business owners and others involved in the cannabis business, as applicable. The Live Scan form is a fillable PDF form. Complete the form and print it (preferred), or print the form and complete by hand, and then bring it with you to fingerprinting. The La Mesa Police Department, 8085 University Avenue, provides this service Monday through Thursday and alternate Fridays from 9:00am - 4:30pm. Walk-in service is available and an appointment is not necessary, but appointments receive priority over walk-ins. If you would like to set an appointment, please call 619.667.7592. Please see the current Police Department fee schedule for applicable fees.

Other Cannabis Business Application Information
Building Division Policy – Cannabis Cultivation and Manufacturing Facilities Odor Control
Cannabis Cultivation and Manufacturing Facilities Odor Control Acknowledgement and Agreement
Exterior Odor Control Standards and Testing Procedures Cannabis Cultivation and Manufacturing Facilities
Adult-Use Cannabis Business Insurance Requirements
Measure U Sensitive Uses Address List
Measure U Cultivation and Manufacturing Constraints - Citywide

Cannabis Business Tax

All cannabis businesses are subject to the Cannabis Business Tax (La Mesa Municipal Code Chapter 6.10). For further information, see the Finance Department’s Cannabis Business Tax webpage.

Cannabis Business Locations

The Interactive Cannabis Business Sites Map and Cannabis Business Application Table provide information on cannabis business applications location, business type, applicable regulations (Measure U and/or Adult Use Ordinance), and current status.

Cannabis Business Resource Links

California Bureau of Cannabis Control
California Cannabis Portal
California Department of Food and Agriculture CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing
California Department of Public Health Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch
La Mesa Municipal Code Chapter 6.11 Adult-Use Cannabis Business Ordinance
La Mesa Municipal Code Chapter 24.23 Measure U Ordinance
Measure U/Medical Marijuana FAQs - 1/18/2017
Measure U FAQs - 1/26/2017
Measure U FAQs - 3/17/2017

 Cannabis Business Activity Notification

If you would like notification of upcoming events and announcements regarding cannabis businesses, please sign up on the City’s website via Notify Me and select “Cannabis Businesses – Measure U and Adult-Use.”