How to Legalize Your Cannabis Business

Do you currently operate a cannabis business but without local permits and building code approval?

Are you thinking about becoming a legal operation now that recreational cannabis will be legal in California in January?

There are two very strong arguments for transitioning your business at this time.

The first, and perhaps most important, is to eliminate the stress on you from an underground existence. While you may have learned to live with the fear of legal and financial disaster, this may be the time to put this behind you. It’s the perfect time come out into the light of day. 

Secondly, becoming a legal business entity will open up your business to the exploding new market in California. This will present opportunities to both grow and stabilize your business.  

Will there really be an exploding growth in California? Will the market suddenly be filled with a whole new demand? We hear these questions from growers and extractors on a daily basis. For those who have doubts I would suggest a look at the City of Denver. 

Care to guess how many cannabis business’s are within the Denver city limits? The number is over 600! And no, that is not a misprint. If you have doubts, check out the recent article in the Denver Post: 

http://extras.denverpost.com/maps/news/marijuana/licensed-facilities/index.html

The article includes a map showing the business locations as well. It’s an eye-opener.

So, if you’re thinking about legalizing your indoor cannabis business, how do you begin?

You start by applying for a business license and building permit for your facility in the city or county in which you are located. You need to ensure that the applications and building permit documents are in accordance with local requirements. You will need to demonstrate that your facility is, or will be, in compliance with the various California Building Codes. This is where 15000 Inc. can help you.

15000 Inc. has been providing consultation engineering and building permit services to the cannabis industry for over 10 years. We are one of the very few engineering specialists in the cannabis industry.

When you apply for a building permit for your business it must include architectural and engineering drawings that document that all aspects of the building code are addressed. In addition these documents must be signed and stamped by both a California licensed architect and a California licensed engineer.

15000 Inc. is a California licensed consulting engineering firm with licensed professional engineers that can legally sign your permit documents. In addition we partner with a local architectural firm that can provide the architectural permit drawings.

By engaging architectural and engineering cannabis specialists you can be sure of getting knowledgeable advice on your business and ensure a smooth permitting process. This will allow you to focus on what you do best – running your business.

At 15000 Inc. we are specialists in cannabis grow rooms, cannabis testing labs, oil extraction facilities and food grade processing and packaging.

So, how do you begin? You start by calling Jay, Matt or Gary at 707-577-0363. We will ask you about your facility and talk options on moving forward. We may want to visit your facility to assess what, if any, upgrades may be required for your permit approval. After reviewing your facility we will put together a fee proposal for the permit documents and construction administration, if required.

If upgrades are required we will review options and costs to allow you to make the right decisions for your business.

We understand there is little consensus in the industry about the “right” way to do things. People have been operating independently for so long, there is no real industry standard. We get that each owner is different and knows what works for them. Our goal is to simply make your business legal through the permit process and not to try and change it.

During the process we may see ways to improve your yields, simplify your process or reduce your energy costs. If so, we will bring them to your attention along with the estimated costs, so that you can decide what’s right for you.

We meet with growers, extractors and processors on a daily basis – and we learn from them. We are able to see what works and hear what doesn’t.

If you’ve read this far you are probably contemplating legalizing your indoor business. Why not take the next step and call Jay, Matt or Gary today? It doesn’t cost anything to talk – and we are very enthusiastic about the industry!

City of Santa Rosa Cannabis Program:

https://srcity.org/404/Cannabis-Program

City of  Napa Cannabis Program:

http://www.cityofnapa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1177:medical-marijuana-dispensary-information&catid=52&Itemid=30

Sonoma County Cannabis Program:

http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Cannabis-Program/

County of Mendocino Cannabis Cultivation Permitting:

https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/agriculture/cannabis-cultivation

Marin County Medicinal Cannabis Program:

https://www.marincounty.org/main/medicalcannabis

15000 Inc. Consulting Engineers are specialists in the cannabis industry and we are excited about helping business’ transition to an open market! 

About the Author
Gary Welch is a principal of 15000 Inc. with over 40 years experience in the field of HVAC, plumbing and fire protection design. He can be reached at gary@15000inc.com.