Retail Cannabis

The Cannabis Business Accountability Measure

On December 20, 2023, the City of Cudahy approved Ordinance No. 730 “The Cannabis Business Accountability Measure (“the Measure”) to allow retail cannabis retailers granted under Chapter 5.30 of the Cudahy Municipal Code (CMC). It is the intent of the City to regulate commercial cannabis activity in a manner that is consistent with State of California Medicinal & Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation & Safety Act ("MAUCRSA"), and that promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents and businesses within the community. These Regulations are necessary to carry out the purposes of Chapter 5.30 of the CMC and applicable local and State law. These Regulations may be cited as the “Cudahy Cannabis Regulations” or CCR.

Retail Cannabis Guidelines and Regulations

Pursuant to CMC Section 5.30.210, the City Manager is authorized to establish additional rules, regulations, and standards governing the issuance, denial or renewal of commercial cannabis business licenses, the ongoing operation of retail cannabis businesses, the City's oversight, and any subject deemed necessary to carry out the purposes of CMC Chapter 5.30. Retail Cannabis businesses are required to comply with all State and local laws, including these regulations. 

License Caps

CMC Section 5.30.050(1): The total number of retail cannabis business permits for retailers based within the City shall be two (2) with one (1) retail cannabis business permits to be issued to a retailer located in the Civic Mixed-Use Zone (CivicM U) and one (1) retail cannabis business permit to be issued to a retailer located in the Urban Agriculture Overlay Zone (-UA).

The first of these retail cannabis permits has been awarded. On January 16, 2024, the City of Cudahy's Office of the City Attorney put into the record a Memorandum regarding the second retail cannabis permit allowed under the Cannabis Business Accountability Measure. This memo can be read here.


To provide an orderly, transparent, and fair licensing procedure, the City shall process all Retail Cannabis Business License permits in five separate phases designated as follows:

  1. Phase 1: Application Submittal. 
  2. Phase 2: City Completeness Review.  
  3. Phase 3: Third Party Consultant Scoring Review. 
  4. Phase 4: City Permits for Retail Cannabis Business License.  
  5. Phase 5: License to Operate.

The Application must be submitted IN-PERSON at the city of Cudahy City Hall front counter located at 5220 Santa Ana Street, Cudahy CA 90201 during City Hall’s regular business hours between 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2023. No appointment is necessary. Additional information on the application procedures, submittal requirements, processing, schedule, period, and questions or clarifications are outlined in the city of Cudahy Retail Commercial Cannabis Guidelines and Regulations. 

Any Questions or Concerns?

Pursuant to the Commercial Cannabis Guidelines and Regulations, if you have questions or concerns regarding the application process and/or guidelines, please send your question(s) to the Planning Division at [email protected]. The last day to submit questions was April 12, 2023 at 6:00 PM. All questions and city response(s) can be be accessed through the PDF link below: 

Additional Documents & Resources