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Long Beach Post lbpost.com 13 Jan, 2022 23:30 am

Long Beach seeks to speed up cannabis licensing with $3.9 million state grant • Long Beach Post News

Long Beach seeks to speed up cannabis licensing with $3.9 million state grant • Long Beach Post News

With hundreds of applicants waiting for approval to open cannabis-related businesses in Long Beach, the city is trying to cut down the time it takes to process their paperwork, and it’s getting some help from the state.Long Beach is one of 17 cities and counties to be awarded a cut of $100 million in grants from the California Department of Cannabis Control.Pending approval from the City Council Tuesday, Long Beach is set to get $3.The additional staff could both speed up the process and allow more one-on-one help for the 498 applicants waiting for approval from Long Beach, according to Emily Armstrong, the city’s cannabis program manager.

Long Beach has already issued 252 licenses for all sorts of cannabis businesses including the 32 storefronts along with many other operations such as cultivation, distribution, manufacturing and testing.Long Beach has told the state that it intends to use the grant for other things as well, like website design, technology improvements and training to assist equity applicants.

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