Cannabis Regulations and Licensing
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.
Licensing - The County Currently Prohibits all commercial cannabis uses
Contra Costa County does not currently 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.
View the Framework
Preliminary Framework for Commercial Cannabis Industry in Unincorporated Contra Costa County
Maps (note: large file)
Health Services Report
Attend a Meeting
District III All-MAC meeting
Wednesday, January 31st at 6 pm
Bethel Island at Scout Hall
3090 Ranch Ln, Bethel Island
Alamo MAC Meeting
Tuesday, February 6th
Alamo Women's Club
1401 Danville Blvd, Alamo
Comment on the Framework
If you would like to comment on the proposed Cannabis Regulations, please fill out the form below.
Click here to comment on the proposed Cannabis Regulations
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For addition questions, please contact Ruben Hernandez at (925) 674-7785 or by email at email@example.com
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.