If you are a cannabis transporter in California, you likely have questions about obtaining and maintaining a license. There are many state laws and local regulations that you must follow. A California cannabis business attorney can guide you through the process and make sure you stay up to date with relevant information.

McElfresh Law has been helping cannabis businesses since the legalization of medical marijuana in California. Now we assist companies with recreational and medical licenses. Call us today at (858) 756-7107 or use our online contact form for a consultation.

How Can a Cannabis Business Attorney Help Me?

Obtaining a cannabis transport license can be complex. You must comply with many state and local laws. You may have to research which regulations apply in the jurisdiction where you want to open your business. It would help if you had an ally familiar with legal issues and the licensing process on your side.

Attorney Jessica McElfresh has worked with countless cannabis businesses since marijuana became legal in California. She has in-depth knowledge about the ever-changing laws, and she can help you expedite the process of obtaining a license.

McElfresh Law helps you:

  • Form a cannabis business entity
  • Comply with state requirements for operations, training, and setup
  • Research local regulations that will apply to your business
  • Find a location that will accommodate your operation
  • Obtain local permits in your city or county
  • Complete the California state licensing process
  • Maintain the best standards for cannabis businesses in California

What Is a Cannabis Transporter License?

Cannabis transporter licenses allow businesses to move more significant amounts of marijuana from one licensed location to another. There is no difference between a recreational and medical transporter. As long as they are clearly identified, you may transport medicinal and adult-use cannabis together.

A cannabis transport license falls under California’s distribution category. Details about the license depend on whether you want to transport cannabis goods to retail or transport for other businesses.

Type 11 Distributor License

One of the most common types of distributor licenses is a Type 11 Distributor. Companies holding this type of license can:

  • Move cannabis and cannabis products to and from businesses with cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution licenses
  • Move finished cannabis goods to retail premises
  • Store cannabis goods for other licensed businesses
  • Test cannabis goods

Type 13 Transport Only Distributor License

The Type 13 “Transport Only” Distributor License is more limited. It only allows the license holder to move cannabis and finished cannabis products between cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution businesses. Companies that only transport cultivated or manufactured in-house goods may qualify for reduced license fees.

What’s the Difference Between Marijuana Delivery and Transport Only?

A cannabis delivery license holder can provide retail delivery without a storefront. The license allows for the sale of cannabis exclusively by delivery. By contrast, a transport-only license enables the movement of cannabis to cannabis license holders.

Marijuana Transport Business Growth

Cannabis transport-only licenses are becoming more popular and making big profits in California. Information gathered by the California Department of Cannabis Control (CDCC) indicates that 25% of marijuana retailers make more than $1 million annually. More than 90% of transport-only businesses are profitable within the first year of business.

California Cannabis Transport License Process in California

To get a cannabis transport license through the California Department of Cannabis Control (CDCC), you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Set up an Organizational Structure: You are required to form a business entity to secure state and local licenses.
  2. Complete the Local Permitting Process: Cities and counties throughout California have their own rules for cannabis businesses. Some do not even allow them. You will need to meet all local requirements before seeking state licensure.
  3. Understand State Requirements for Cannabis Businesses: California has requirements for operations, training of employees, and set up of cannabis facilities.
  4. Create an Account in the Licensing System: The CDCC has different licensing systems depending on the type of license. Transporters can access the Cannabis Portal here.
  5. Complete an Application: You can complete an application online, uploading any necessary documents.
  6. Pay Your Application Fee and Submit Your Application: The application fee for a distributor license, including for transport-only businesses, is $1,000.
  7. Respond to Emails From the Licensing Team: The licensing team reviews your applications and contacts you with questions. The sooner you respond, the quicker you can receive your license.
  8. Pay Your License Fee: Your license fee depends on which type of license you wish to obtain and how much revenue you expect. Transport-only fees range between $200 and $1,000. However, hefty distributor fees can be as high as $180,000.
  9. Post Your License: Your CDCC is valid for one year. You should post it in a visible location near the entrance to your business.

Call McElfresh Law for Legal Advice

Cannabis businesses should have legal representation to ensure they meet all state and local requirements. They would also do best to have a lawyer on standby if there are any federal legal issues. Call McElfresh Law today at (858) 756-7107 or use our online contact form for an initial consultation.

This website is intended for informational purposes only. The use of this website does not create an attorney-client relationship. Free consultation for criminal defense cases only. Cannabis business consultation requires a fee.

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