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February 20, 2018


Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Staff has put forward — at the request of the City Council — a proposed RFP for Cannabis Business Operator Permits, but the operations will be limited to:

  • One nursery cultivation/distributor’s permit
  • Four manufacturing permits (including distributor’s permits)
  • Two testing laboratory permits
  • Two medicinal retail dispensary permits (including delivery permits)

So no storefront retail shops just yet.

The minimum requirements to move on to the next phase is:

  • LOI was submitted on or before the March 19, 2018 deadline
  • Pre-Application Review Deposit of $1,000 paid on or before the March 19, 2018 LOI deadline
  • Evidence that a proposed location for the cannabis business has been secured
  • Evidence that the proposed location is outside of cannabis buffer zones for sensitive uses

It is definitely not an easy RFP.  This is not for any business that doesn’t have its act together yet.  The initial $1000 deposit isn’t that big of a deal, but the applicant would need to prove that s/he has secured a location for the business which might be trickier than it would be for a non cannabis related business.  But even if the business makes it through the first minimum requirements the full proposal is due which will ask to see:

 1. Statement of Qualifications. Proposer must describe the Cannabis Business Owners’ qualifications relative to the proposal, including experience running businesses similar to the one proposed, including cannabis and/or non-cannabis businesses.

2. Proposal Implementation. Proposers must provide verifiable, detailed descriptions of the persons or type of resources, and other background information for key individuals and owners of 20% or more of the business and describe resources, including financial resources, dedicated to implement the proposal.

3. Understanding and Approach. Proposer must provide a statement demonstrating the business’ understanding and approach to running the proposed cannabis business and how that approach will integrate the business into the community in which it is located.

There will be a voluntary portion of the RFP which asks about community benefits, local hiring, etc. which will be scored, but is not mandatory.  But it probably is mandatory because if one business submits that section and talks about how they’ll hire all Alameda residents, it certainly will score higher than a business that just does the bare minimum.  Don’t do the bare minimum, go all ass on this one.

But I’m sure you’re wondering who will be on the review panel, well it will be (1) Chief of Police, (2) Economic Development Manager, and (3) Assistant City Manager.  Which, for those not up-to-date on who’s who in City Government: Paul Rolleri, Lois Butler Nanette Mocanu, and Elizabeth Warmerdam.  I think Nanette Mocanu is the Economic Development Manager, but I also know she does something with Alameda Point too, so, that’s the only one I’m not 100% sure about.


Staff is also recommending that the City Council support Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s current legislation to expunge or reduce current cannabis related convictions.

A copy of the full RFP is available on the agenda item.


  1. In other City Council business, the operator at the golf course (Greenway) is asking for an amendment to their existing lease so they can renovate the Earl Fry (North) course. They are in the final stages of completing renovations to the Jack Clark (South) course as well as updates to Pro Shop and patio area. If approved by City Council, the golf complex will become a golf destination for many Bay Area golfers.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — February 20, 2018 @ 7:40 am

  2. The way the RFP is written (and perhaps in part the way it is summarized) it sounds like large corporate interests are most likely to gain approval for marijuana business in Alameda.

    Comment by Tom Schweich — February 20, 2018 @ 8:34 am

  3. So does all this mean my neighbor can no longer grow marijuana is his back yard?

    Comment by Jack — February 20, 2018 @ 8:51 am

  4. why, is that your source.?

    Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — February 20, 2018 @ 10:35 am

    • Nah, only liberals use weed.

      Comment by Jack — February 20, 2018 @ 5:51 pm

  5. I wonder if our staff and City Council are enlightened enough to include significant incentives to assure cultural and economic diversity among the pot-handling and pot-growing businesses?

    Comment by Jon Spangler — February 26, 2018 @ 1:31 pm

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