In response to California voter approval of Proposition 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) in November 2016, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has directed the County staff to initiate the process of preparing regulations for the establishment of commercial cannabis businesses in the unincorporated areas of the County. The regulations will also address cultivation of cannabis for personal use at home.
In addition to preparation of land use and health regulations for commercial cannabis uses, the Board has also initiated the process of analyzing and preparing a potential taxing program for the various commercial cannabis uses. It is anticipated that no commercial cannabis uses would be authorized until such time as a cannabis tax ballot measure has been approved by County voters. A County cannabis tax initiative could be considered by voters at the next General Election in November 2018, so regulations permitting commercial cannabis uses are not expected to become effective until that time at the earliest.
The County Prohibits All Commercial Cannabis Uses
Contra Costa County does not issue licenses for cultivation, sale or delivery of marijuana. According to the provisions of Proposition 64 local jurisdictions should have permanent cannabis regulations in place prior to establishment of the state licensing program which is expected to be in place by November 2018.
The County is currently seeking comments on the Preliminary Framework for Commercial Cannabis Industry in Unincorporated Contra Costa County. As part of the community outreach effort, the Framework will be presented at various Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meetings, town halls, and city council meetings.
April 24, 2018 Board of Supervisors Meeting
The Board of Supervisors will be provided with a report on the public outreach effort related to commercial cannabis regulations and a revised final draft framework for regulating commercial cannabis.
- Board Order
- Exhibit A1 - Draft Cannabis Framework - Clean Version
- Exhibit A2 - Redline Version Draft Cannabis Framework
- Exhibit A, Attachment 1 - Maps (note, large file)
- Exhibit B - Power Point Presentation 4-24-18
- Exhibit C - MAC Comments Summary
- Exhibit D - AOD Advisory Board Comment Summary
- Exhibit E - Youth Town Hall Meeting Comments Summary
- Exhibit F - CCC Council on Homelessness Draft Meeting Minutes Excerpt
- Exhibit G - Public Survey Comments Summary
- Exhibit H - Comment Letters
View the Preliminary Framework (November 15, 2017)
Preliminary Framework for Commercial Cannabis Industry in Unincorporated Contra Costa County
Maps (note: large file)
Health Services Report
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Past Board of Supervisors Actions related to Commercial Cannabis
November 14, 2017 Board of Supervisor Meeting (Item C.82)
APPROVE Preliminary Working Draft Framework for Regulating Cannabis in the Unincorporated Area of Contra Costa County (Framework) reflecting changes requested by the Board on October 24, 2017, and
DIRECT the Conservation and Development Director to implement Public Outreach Plan to solicit public input on the Framework, as recommended by the Conservation and Development Director.
- Board Order
- Exhibit A- Preliminary Cannabis Regulatory Framework 11-14-17 clean version
- Attachment 1 to Exhibit A - Preliminary Maps (note: North Richmond has revised maps)
- Attachment 2 to Exhibit A - Report from Health Services
- Exhibit B - Preliminary Cannabis Regulatory Framework 11/14/17 compared to 10-24-17
- Exhibit C - Draft Public Outreach
- Exhibit D = Comparison of State Limits on Cannabis Transactions
HEARING to consider adopting Ordinance No. 2017-26 regulating the personal cultivation of cannabis and prohibiting commercial cannabis activities;
ACCEPT report from HdL Companies on the Fiscal Analysis of the Potential Commercial Cannabis Industry in Contra Costa County;
ACCEPT update from staff on Preliminary Working Draft Framework for Regulating Cannabis in the unincorporated area;
PROVIDE direction to staff on refining the Regulatory Framework, developing a tax measure and conducting additional public outreach on the matter.
- Video of Meeting
- Board Order
- Ordinance No 2017-26
- Findings for Ordinance 2017-26
- HdL's Fiscal Analysis of the Potential Commercial Cannabis Industry for Contra Costa County
- Preliminary Framework Draft Regulatory Framework
- Report for Health Services
- Maps (note: North Richmond has revised maps)
- Table 1 - Regarding Caps and Selection Process
- Concord 2017 Survey
ACCEPT report on preliminary framework and options for cannabis regulation within unincorporated areas of the County and PROVIDE direction to staff on how to refine this framework and develop new regulations.
A. CONDUCT public workshop discussion on Proposition 64 and cannabis regulation in Contra Costa County.
B. PROVIDE initial, general, direction to staff from the Department of Conservation and Development in conjunction with staff from the Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, District Attorney’s Office, County Counsel, Office of the Sheriff, Treasurer-Tax Collector, the Probation Department and the County Administrator's Office on the preparation of one or more ordinances regulating the cultivation, delivery, manufacturing and distribution of cannabis within the unincorporated areas of the County or request specific additional information on potential cannabis regulation.
- Board Order
- Attachment 1- Table 1: Preliminary Evaluation of Cannabis Uses
- Attachment 2 - Table 2 Preliminary Evaluation of Sample Regulatory Options
- Attachment 3 - Considerations for Different Cannabis Use Types
- Attachment 4- Powerpoint Presentation
- Attachment 5 - Contra Costa County Urgency Ordinance No. 2017-03
- Attachment 6 - Contra Costa County Marijuana Ordinance
- Attachment 7 - Alameda County Memo and Draft Cannabis Ordinance
- Attachment 8 - Sonoma County Cannabis Ordinance
- Attachment 9 - Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation FAQ's
- Attachment 10 - CalCannabis Flyer
- Attachment 11 - Colorado Health Institute Report
- Attachment 12 - The Battle Over Hemp Article
- Attachment 13 - Colorado Revenue Article
- Attachment 14- Colorado Legalization Study 2016