Socially Equitable Cannabis Program

The County is developing a Socially Equitable Cannabis Program (Cannabis Program) as directed by the Board of Supervisors on January 27, 2021. The Cannabis Program will allow for and establish a permitting and licensing system for new commercial cannabis activities, including retail, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing, microbusinesses, and temporary events. Furthermore, the Cannabis Program will contain and be informed by a Social Equity Program which will provide greater opportunities for individuals negatively or disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization and the War on Drugs. Adoption of the Cannabis Program will require amendments to the San Diego County Code of Regulatory Ordinances and the San Diego County Zoning Ordinance to establish licensing and operational regulations for a range of cannabis cultivation and non-cultivation uses authorized under state law. The proposed Cannabis Program would apply to the unincorporated areas of the County.

Consistent with Section 21083.9 of the CEQA Statutes, two online/phone-in public scoping meetings/teleconferences will be held to solicit comments on the NOP. These meetings will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, October 12, 2023, and Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. and will end by 8:00 p.m. The meetings may be accessed at this web link:

Meeting Log-in Information:

Please direct any questions or formal comments to the project contacts below.

Project Contact: Audrey Hamilton | | (858) 505-6677


PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD (September 15, 2023 - October 31, 2023)