The following is a list of county ordinances pertaining to medical marijuana dispensaries and/or cultivation. If you would like to see your county added to the list, please e-mail Bud with the relevant information.
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Outdoor cultivation moratorium (2011)
Dispensary moratorium (2011)
Outdoor cultivation moratorium extension (2011) permits up to 200 square feet if fully enclosed by an opaque fence 6 to 8 feet high.
Dispensary moratorium extension (2011)
Like many California counties, Fresno County is at a crossroads in terms of cannabis laws and enforcement. For more than the past year, the focus has been on medical marijuana, which is authorized for qualified patients and caregivers under Prop. 215, the voter-approved Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
In July 2010, Fresno County supervisors passed an urgency ordinance prohibiting medical cannabis dispensaries. In August of that same year, that 45-day prohibition was extended until July 13, 2012. A final set of medical cannabis regulations, banning dispensaries and limiting cultivation to specified industrial zones with stringent conditions, was finalized in August 2011, with enforcement against dispensaries slated to begin in March 2012.
In September 2010, following a pair of high-profile shootings connected to medical marijuana gardens, Fresno County supervisors passed a ban on the outdoor cultivation of medical cannabis. An addendum states the ban was enacted “pending the development of standards and regulations relating to cultivation.”
Four Fresno-area dispensaries and a local Prop. 215 patient filed suit in October 2010 against Fresno County, Sheriff Margaret Mims and Alan Weaver, director of public works. A Fresno County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of the ban, and continued the stay until Nov. 30, 2010, to allow growers to harvest their crops. Despite the TRO, supervisors voted to extend the cultivation ban until July 2011, when the county released a set of draft regulations that would, among other things, prohibit the operation of storefront dispensaries and permit indoor cultivation only within certain manufacturing zones. Those rules were finalized in August 2011, and supervisors rejected a proposed loosening of the ordinance in mid-November.
Medical cannabis dispensary moratorium (7-13-2010)
Staff report on dispensary moratorium extension (8-24-2010)
Moratorium extension (8-24-2010)
Outdoor cultivation ban (9-14-2010)
Cultivation ban addendum (9-14-2010)
Cultivation ban extension (10-26-10)
Cultivation ban extension staff report (10-26-10)
Draft medical cannabis regulations (July 2011)
Changes to cultivation ordinance proposed by a working group of local medical cannabis patient-providers, county staff, law enforcement and members of the general public were rejected by the Board of Supervisors in November. Staff report.
Draft medical cannabis ordinance (November 2011)
Dispensary moratorium (2010)
Moratorium extension (2010)
Ban on medical cannabis collectives and dispensaries (2011)
After the county Board of Supervisors passed this ordinance in August 2011, medical cannabis advocates submitted enough valid signatures to force its repeal. Supervisors responded in February 2012 by placing the same ordinance — now dubbed Measure G — on the county’s June 5 ballot.
Medical cannabis cultivation (2011)
Medical marijuana dispensaries (August 2011, repealed October 2011)
Medical marijuana cultivation (October 2011)
Ordinance 2956, which governed dispensaries, was repealed by the Lake County Board of Supervisors following a successful signature drive by medical cannabis advocates to force a referendum. (October 2011 board minutes.)
Lacking a regulatory ordinance, county officials ordered all dispensaries to close by Dec. 6. In the meantime, Lake County Citizens for Responsible Regulations is mounting a petition drive to repeal the county’s cultivation ordinance and replace it with a new law they hope to place on the June 2012 ballot.
Lassen County’s medical marijuana law (2010) prohibits dispensaries and declares cultivation a public nuisance “unless said cultivation can be demonstrated to be for use only by a qualifying patient.”
Medical marijuana dispensary regulations (2006)
Medical cannabis collectives (2010)
Although presumably authorizing operation under state and local regulations, the requirement to comply with federal law makes Ordinance 346 a de facto ban on collectives and dispensaries.
Medical cannabis cultivation – 45-day moratorium
Expired with the passage of the moratorium extension below.
Medical cannabis cultivation – Moratorium extension
Interim urgency Ordinance 349-A does not apply to patients growing 12 or fewer plants per parcel, with a cap of two patients per parcel.
Medical marijuana dispensary moratorium (2009)
Moratorium extension (2009)
Moratorium extension (2010)
Medical cannabis dispensary ban, draft (July 2011)
Medical cannabis dispensary ban, final (July 2011)
Sheriff introduces draft cultivation ordinance (November 2011)
An ordinance to regulated medical cannabis dispensaries was proposed but tabled in 2005, allowing a 2004 moratorium and extension to expire. Dozens of collective-dispensaries have opened their doors since then, despite the county’s stance that such uses weren’t permitted under zoning regulations.
In June, Sacramento County proposed a sweeping medical cannabis ordinance that was proposed for adoption as an urgency matter exempt from public hearings.
Approving amendments to the Medical Cannabis Act to clarify that a medical cannabis dispensary shall be a cooperative or collective and shall operate as a nonprofit (2009)
Amendment to Planning Code – To allow certain medical cannabis dispensaries in residential districts to remain open during the 18-month application period. (2006)
Amendment to Administrative Code – Chapter 12X.6, Establishing a community oversight committee regarding enforcement of marijuana offenses. (2006)
Amendment to Administrative Code – Chapter 12X.6, Policy making marijuana offenses the lowest law enforcement priority. (2006)
Approving a 16-month and 15-day extension of interim moratorium on medical cannabis dispensaries. (2005)
Amendment to Health Code – Medical cannabis dispensary application fee. Increase and adjustment of application and annual license fees. (2005)
Amendment to Planning Code – Medical cannabis guidelines and medical cannabis dispensary zoning and permitting. (2005)
Draft regulations on cannabis edibles (2010)
SAN LUIS OBISPO
Medical marijuana dispensary regulations (2007)
Grand jury report: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Medical Marijuana in San Luis Obispo County (2012)
Medical marijuana cultivation and distribution (2009)
Medical marijuana dispensary regulations (1998)
Medical marijuana dispensary regulations (2007)
Draft ordinance on growing marijuana (June 2012)
Ordinance No. 3396, effective 12-10-09, seemingly allows dispensaries in certain zoning districts, but it requires compliance with federal law and prohibits cash transactions, amounting to a de facto ban on dispensaries. The Tulare County sheriff is tasked with enforcement of this civil ordinance.