Cannabis Regulations

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Upcoming Meetings and Workshops

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, the City Council will consider adoption of a Cannabis Land Use Ordinance.  A second reading will be held on Tuesday, July 17th at 6:00pm.  Staff reports will be available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting here.

Previous Meetings and Workshops 

On Monday, June 11, 2018, the Planning Commission recommended to City Council adoption of a Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and approval of a CEQA Addendum. The Planning Commission recommended revisions to the Ordinance. The three revisions include: requiring notice to residents and tenants in addition to property owners; limiting indoor cultivation to one use of up to 5,000 square feet of canopy per building; and including a limit of fifteen storefront retailers allowed within the City.

Relevant materials from the hearing are posted below:

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the City held a roundtable stakeholder’s meeting to discuss the Draft Cannabis Business License Ordinance.  SCI Consulting facilitated the discussion and overview of the draft provisions.

Discussion points included:

  • Concerns regarding Operations/Activities
  • Application Process
  • Enforcement
  • Regulations

For questions or comments regarding the City’s cannabis taxation or business license regulations, please contact Carmen Nichols, Deputy City Manager  at; 805.961.7522

On May 15, 2018, City Council considered a Cannabis Business Tax Methodology and Draft Ordinance for the Purpose of Enacting a Cannabis Business Tax.

On April 26, City Council and the Planning Commission are held a Joint City Council and Planning Commission workshop for the public to review and provide staff feedback on the standards provided in the Draft Cannabis Land Use Ordinance. Staff also received direction on the development of a business license ordinance for cannabis businesses and for the development of a cannabis tax ballot measure.

On April 23, 2018, the City Council Ordinance Review Standing Committee provided staff feedback on the Draft Cannabis Land Use Ordinance. Below are documents from that meeting.

At the October 30 meeting, the Planning Commission voted to recommend Council approve a ban on all commercial marijuana activity in the city while an ordinance creating rules for various cannabis uses is developed.  The Planning Commission recommended that the ban include a sunset provision for some specific date in the future and also that it exempt the two existing, grandfathered medical marijuana businesses in the City and allow them to sell recreational cannabis in addition to medical marijuana. On November 7, 2017 City Council adopted the ban ordinance (Ord. No. 17-03).  As noted in the staff reports for this item, an ordinance banning commercial cannabis uses does not prevent the City from allowing these uses in the future when the City concludes the drafting of comprehensive cannabis regulations.Documents and video related to the ban ordinance can be found below:

On October 23 and 30, 2017, the City's Planning Commission held public workshops to discuss cannabis land use regulations within the City. The purpose of the workshops with the Planning Commission were to provide the Planning Commission and the public information on the range of cannabis uses that are eligible for state licensing and to seek feedback from the Planning Commission and the public on the potential land use regulation of these cannabis uses. The discussions focused broadly on what cannabis uses the City should allow, where the City should allow those uses, and how the City should process applications for those uses. Please see below for the workshop staff report, presentations, videos of the workshops, and a feedback form the public can supply to the City regarding the issues discussed:

On September 7, 2017, City Council instructed staff to develop a cannabis ordinance that allows and regulates recreational (adult-use) cannabis. City Council did express concerns specifically about commercial cultivation however. City Council also expressed a desire to have an ordinance enacted by January 1, 2018. If that is not possible based the constrained timeline for ordinance development and environmental review, City Council supported an ordinance temporarily banning cannabis uses until the comprehensive ordinance is finalized. Finally, City Council supported revisiting existing City cannabis-related ordinances as part of a new cannabis ordinance that considers both medicinal and adult-use cannabis.The agenda and staff report can be found here. 

The City held a community workshop on August 21, 2017, seeking input on how the City should regulate cannabis sales, manufacturing and distribution within City limits. Click here to watch a video of the workshop.

Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Public Comment

Public comment on the matter should be emailed to Andy Newkirk ( Please note: All comments submitted will be posted on this page.