Nevada and California Vegas Cannabis Licensing Attorneys
Helping Cannabis Business Owners Obtain the Necessary Licenses
Companies operating in the state of Nevada or California require licenses to lawfully conduct business. This includes the state’s emerging cannabis industry, whose participants are under an increased level of scrutiny given the nature of its products, which can be used for both recreational and medicinal purposes.
The licenses you will need to operate a cannabis business in Nevada or California depend on the type of facility you wish to operate, whether the facility is recreational or medicinal, and the location of the facility.
Our Nevada and California cannabis licensing lawyers at Flynn Giudici can work to help you obtain the necessary licenses required to operate a successful business that is compliant with local and state laws. We can evaluate your business and your future goals before advising what specific licenses will be required. Depending on the nature of your business, you may require more than one license. Our team can then help guide you through the state and local application processes.
Understanding the Types of Medicinal and Recreational Cannabis Facilities
Nevada law defines several distinct types of establishments for both medicinal and recreational categories. Each requires its own license and cannot operate in areas outside that specific purpose. This means that a facility authorized to produce medicinal product cannot engage in recreational transactions without the appropriate license.
The types of cannabis facilities in Nevada are:
- Cultivation Facilities
- Production Facilities
- Independent Testing Laboratories
- Medical Cannabis Dispensaries
- Retail Cannabis Stores
Cannabis Distributor Licenses and Support Business Licenses
When cannabis is intended to be used by adults for recreational purposes, it must be transported from location to location by a licensed distributor. These certificates can be obtained from the state, permitting individuals to lawfully move product from facility to facility. Medical cannabis operates under less stringent rules and can be distributed amongst licensees of involved facilities without the need for a separate distribution license. Transportation of cannabis is also subject to local business regulations and in certain circumstances requires the use of a licensed transporter.
In addition to licenses needed to lawfully operate a cannabis facility, any business that merely supports a licensed cannabis business requires its own certification with the state of Nevada. This means that any management agreements, staffing, security, or other companies that perform work for a cannabis-related company will require a separate license in order to remain compliant with state laws. Our Nevada cannabis licensing attorneys can evaluate whether your company may require a “support business” license and guide you through the process of obtaining one.
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Maintaining a Cannabis Business License
It is critical that your business only operates in the areas specifically authorized by your license. Failure to do so can result in the loss of the license that you do possess, the assessment of large fines, and even criminal prosecution. This is part of why ensuring your compliance with Nevada’s regulations is so important.
Cannabis licenses in the state require your continued cooperation with the appropriate law enforcement officials and other regulatory authorities, which necessitate that your business implements a seed to sale tracking program. You will also need to pay the appropriate annual renewal fees and other associated state and local business licensing fees.
Our Team Can Help You Obtain Cannabis Licenses in Nevada
Procuring the cannabis certificates you will need to lawfully operate your Nevada business is not always a smooth or easy process. The fixed license allotments and limited application periods can make starting your business more complicated than it needs to be, but our Nevada cannabis licensing lawyers at Flynn Giudici can help you navigate the process. We can assess the goals of your business, determine which licenses you will need to operate, and help you understand potential obstacles to obtaining them. Our team is familiar with what goes into a successful application for cannabis licenses and can leverage our knowledge to help get your business up and running.