Medical Marijuana Collectives

On June 30, 2010 the Board of Supervisors approved the County’s medical marijuana regulatory and zoning ordinances, which were amended in 2011. While the regulatory ordinance is administered and enforced by the Sheriff and the zoning ordinances are administered and enforced by Planning and Development Services, both ordinances and departments work together to provide the local legal framework for medical marijuana activities including dispensaries and cultivation.

The ordinances align with Proposition 215, California's Compassionate Use Act of 1996, and the state of California's Medical Marijuana Program (Senate Bill 420, approved to clarify Prop. 215 in 2003). The ordinance established uniform regulation and licensing requirements that will allow qualified people and primary caregivers to collectively or cooperatively cultivate marijuana for medical purposes while protecting the public health, safety and welfare of unincorporated communities.

On January 25, 2011 the Board of Supervisors approved Zoning Ordinance amendments to the existing Medical Marijuana Collective Facilities Ordinance. The Zoning Ordinance changes included: 1) clarification of the scope of the applicability section to align it with similar provisions of the Regulatory Code 2) amendments to clarify the scope of the nonconforming use provisions, and 3) clarification of the application of Medical Marijuana Collective Facilities buffers to properties located within incorporated cities.  At the January 25 public hearing, the Board also took action on minor amendments to the County Regulatory Code including setting fees for a Medical Marijuana Collective Facility Operating Certificate.

This page includes links to documents related to the County Medical Marijuana Collective Ordinance: