- Posted by Erica Treeby
- On March 10, 2017
- Ban, California, cannabis law, Cannabis License, commercial cultivation, commercial medical cannabis, delivery, dispensaries, manufacturing, MCRSA, personal cultivation, qualified patient, regulations
Trying to find the perfect location for your medical Cannabis business? Before you purchase that building or sign that lease, it’s essential to determine whether the city or county where you are considering setting up shop permits commercial Cannabis activities within in its borders. Need help navigating California’s ever-evolving Cannabis regulations? Turn to Cannabusiness Law for up-to-date developments in Cannabis regulations in cities and counties throughout California.
Although locations surrounding Placer County have welcomed the green rush with open arms, such is not the case in Placer County. After months of hearings, on December 6, 2016, Placer County’s Board of Supervisors passed Ordinance 5851-B, which modified the county’s Cannabis regulations by explicitly prohibiting all commercial Cannabis activities within the unincorporated territory of the county. Article 8.10 of the Placer County Municipal Code, entitled “Cannabis Regulations,” makes it unlawful for any person to engage in commercial Cannabis activity on any parcel, premises or location within the unincorporated area of Placer County. Included within the list of banned activities is the retail sales, delivery, and manufacture of Cannabis.
Although Placer County’s Board of Supervisors also voted to ban commercial cultivation of Cannabis, the Board chose to offer some relief for qualified patients who wish to personally cultivate their medicine. Qualified patients may cultivate a maximum of six plants on no more than 50 square feet per parcel. The cultivation may occur outdoors in a screened-off area on the parcel of the private residence of the authorized grower; or indoors within the private residence or accessory structure of the authorized grower. Placer County Municipal Code Sections 8.10.040 and 8.10.050.
Given the county’s hard-line approach to Cannabis businesses, it’s no surprise that the incorporated cities within Placer County have followed suit. Currently, Auburn, Roseville, Lincoln, Loomis and Colfax have enacted bans on commercial Cannabis activities within their jurisdictions. Although the City of Colfax passed an ordinance prohibiting the establishment of new dispensaries, existing dispensaries with a valid business license as of November 27, 2009, will be considered legal nonconforming uses and may continue to operate. The remaining cities within Placer County have crafted regulations banning dispensaries as well as medical Cannabis delivery services.
Contact Cannabusiness Law today for guidance and expert assistance in compliance with cannabis licensing, permitting and the application process relating to commercial cannabis in California