Commercial Cannabis Regulations and Program

About Union City’s Local Regulations 

On January 1, 2018, California legalized cannabis use by adults 21 and older. In response to the changing State laws, Union City has taken steps to ensure proper and legal implementation of cannabis regulations, which have included the adoption of the following ordinances:

The City Council has the authority to choose how many commercial cannabis use permits are issued out at any given time. Through a resolution in November 2017, the number of permits was established at three (3) permits in each category:

  • Cultivation
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Testing
  • Medical dispensary 

Current Commercial Cannabis Use Permitees:

  1. Eden Campus Holdings, LLC for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and retail at 30540-30544 Union City Blvd.- 
  2. Jiva Life, LLC for retail at 30547 Union City Blvd. 

Application Process 

Applications will be accepted only online between October 15, 2020 through Thursday, November 19, 2020.   The Application Due Date is November 19, 2020, 5:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time.  

  • Phase 1: November 20, 2020 through December 3, 2020 (eight business days)
  • Phase 2: December 4, 2020 – January 21, 2021 (twenty-three business days)
  • Phase 3: January 22, 2021 – February 8, 2021 (ten business days)
  • Phase 4: Dates determined by the City Manager

Please note that the proposed dates above are tentative and subject to change. Check for updated information on dates. Please review the application procedures for more detailed information. 

The application period is now closed and the City will begin work on the four phase process for evaluating and selecting applicants. Here is a list of the applicants and locations that were submitted as of November 20, 2020:

  1. Flor East Bay, LLC applied for a retail license at 31000 Courthouse Drive
  2. SGI Retail LLC applied for a retail license at 30850 Dyer Street

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Payment of Application Fees

Payments must be made by a certified check, cashier’s check, money order payable to the City of Union City or credit card. There is a 2.25% convenience fee added to all credit card payments over $2,500.00 

Applicants are required to pay the application fees for all four phases totaling $9,158.00.  Applicants who do not advance to Phases 2, 3, or 4 will be provided refunds for the application fees for the phase(s) in which they did not participate as noted below.   

  1. Phase 1:  Preliminary determination of eligibility $3,979.00
  2. Phase 2:   Evaluation and ranking by consultant team $1,581.00
  1. Phase 3:   Evaluation and ranking by City Selection Committee $1,568.00 plus the Live/Scan Fee for each owner and investor.                
  2. Phase 4:  City Manager evaluation and recommendation $2,030.00

In addition to the Phase 1-4 application fees, the following non-refundable fees will also need to be paid prior to submitting the application.

  1. Criminal History Check, $300 paid to HdL Companies for each owner and investor listed in the application.
  2. Life Scan Fee $174 per owner and investor listed in the application.
  3. Zoning Verification Letter $290.00