To apply or not to apply, that is the question that perhaps many of you are asking yourselves. There are permit application processes taking place throughout the legalized parts of the nation. There will be far more city and state permit applications for cannabusinesses come 2018. Be prepared to apply as regulations come out. Be prepared to talk to local and state regulators. Be prepared to complete the permit applications to the best of your ability and to separate yourselves from the competition. Beyond the application and depending on the type of business, you may have to provide some of the following additional documents.

  1. Floor plan
  2. Security plan
  3. Odor mitigation plan
  4. Environmental Impact
  5. Business plan (especially for investors)

What type of license are you interested in, can afford/secure funding and are qualified to operate?

  • Dispensary
  • Delivery
  • Indoor Cultivation
  • Outdoor Cultivation
  • Extraction – Volatile Solvents
  • Extraction – Non-Volatile Solvents
  • Lab Testing
  • Transportation
  • Distribution

Do I have to apply for a city and state license? How many licenses can I have? What are the application fees vs. the actual license/permit fee? What if my city has banned cannabis but my state regulates it? There will be these questions and many more. The best thing you can do is educate yourselves on your local and state regulations as well as the current climate.

You have a distinct advantage as OU graduates. That certification really matters when reviewing permit applications and deciding on someone with vs. without any formal training. Also, OU has trained many of regulators and policy makers that value your Oaksterdam certificate of training. Many are your alumni, such as the Florida Dept. of Health, California Legislative Analyst’s Office, Maryland cannabis regulators, the American Bar Association, and more.

Once you get that permit, we’ll talk about training your staff and how that’ll separate you form the rest. We’ll keep you posted with what’s happening nationwide. You can stay informed by reading Oaksterdam’s articles every month in Freedom Leaf Magazine and Vegas Cannabis Magazine.

Dr. Aseem Sappal
Provost & Dean of the Faculty
Oaksterdam University