Bongs & Pipes
Licensing must be gained to operate a cannabis delivery service business. I found this: "Commercial cultivation, manufacturing, sales and distribution require a license from the County of Ventura and the State of California." Link.
Further, I found this in the Marijuana Act: "Deliveries, as defined in this division, may only be made by a licensed retailer or microbusiness, or a licensed nonprofit under Section 26070.5" Link.
Thanks for sharing the link. What concerns me is that each city has been deciding on the number of cannabis dispensaries they will allow in their own city and they seem to be awarding such licenses without a very clear process, borderline favoritism or highest bidders it seems.
In you opinion, would you say that becoming a micro business to perform deliveries would be a good strategy to get in the game and overcome some of the higher entrance barriers that mainly have to do with knowing the right people and the capital required to open a dispensary?
I totally understand that concern around cities not practicing fair licensing practices. I've heard this from others. I hope people get out and vote for officials that better represent what their people (but let me get away from politics!)
I think that sounds like a decent strategy. That said, I would not say anyone can just jump in easily. There is a lot of reading and parts to being a small-business owner. If you don't have some knowledge about making business plans, developing a budget, and getting licensed in cannabis, you may face a steep learning curve. That said, anyone can do it with the right level of time and effort!
Looking at low-capital options for starting a business is a great place to be, however. Create a good business and funding can follow. Do you have some small-business experience already?
I live in Santa Barbara and I know a friend of mind was trying to establish a cannabis dispensary in Ventura County and apparently all licenses had already been awarded to someone else. He has enough capital but apparently that wasnt the issue. He did mentioned that he wasnt the only one thinking that licenses are not being awarded through a well managed process to provide fairness to it.
I believe the process will become more streamlined as we go along and at some point it will become as easy as opening a liquor store. I would say go for the delivery service first and then expand.
I honestly have no idea what they are. But I am sure they vary from city to city. What I can tell you is that in some cities, getting a liquor license can still be challenging. Without being said, cannabis will be no different. You will have to go through a bureaucratic process and most likely spend a good ammount of cash applying for such permit. Although, as you mentioned, getting yourself started with a delivery service might not be a bad idea at all. Fixed costs will be far lower and your inventory costs can also be very low if you know how to pick just the best sellers to have a small select menu and avoid having financial resources tight to low moving inventory. Supply chain applies to cars, commodities and now to weed!!
I have heard and agree with what has been written above. To many political thoughts and ideas going into this. A legit delivery service might be a good way to go though if you can’t seem to break through on the store front.
Marijuana has been legal in California for a while now so I am assuming most consumers do not really have the need to see the physical inventory. Either way, you can check out all their menus online now. This website actually have the menus for at least half of Ventura County's dispensaries.
I find the amount of brands and options to be a little overwhelming so I usually spend a few minutes browsing their menus in that way I am in and out of the dispensary in no time.
Do you guys get familiar with their menus prior to their visit?
If I have time i would always try and look up their menus befor going. That way I don’t seem lost when I get there.
I would “highly” recommend looking them over before you show up!