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Re: “Rush for Cannabis Business Permits Overwhelms Oakland

Hi there, I'm Allan Steiner, the consultant quoted for this article. One point of clarity I didn't see mentioned in the article:

In cities that don't limit the number of licensees available in their ordinance, licensing is ultimately limited by the availability of real estate in properly zoned areas of the city, so in addition to the up front cost, and the high level of competition, there is a natural limit to the number of business that will get up and operating. While Oakland doesn't require a location in order for an applicant to turn in an application, applications remain "pending" until there is a location associated with the business. An application can be marked pending for a variety of reasons, but location is a big one.

(I believe the city of Oakland uses a word other than "pending", but you get the point)

Allan Steiner

Posted by Allan Steiner on 03/29/2018 at 2:35 AM

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