- Posted by Maria Belyi
- On April 25, 2017
- California, cannabis law, commercial medical cannabis, cultivation, dispensary, regulations, Santa Rosa, taxes
Santa Rosa Is Gearing Up to Pass Permanent Cannabis Legislation.
Santa Rosa, California, the county seat of Sonoma County, is currently working on a comprehensive medical marijuana policy. As one of the largest cities in the Bay Area (and the largest in the North Bay and Wine Country) the implications of the new legislation will affect the many Cannabis businesses wanting to set up shop or continue operations within its city borders.
The Santa Rosa City Council aims to approve and adopt a comprehensive policy on July 18, 2017. Prior to that, on June 6, 2017, the city will vote on a proposed Cannabis business tax. This proposed tax scheme would tax cultivation businesses at $25/square foot of cultivation area or 8% of gross receipts; it would tax manufacturing, distribution, and dispensary businesses 8% of their gross receipts.
Until a new policy is passed, the City of Santa Rosa is operating under an interim policy. The city is not taking any new applications for dispensaries. As far as cultivation, current policy allows for the cultivation of medical marijuana with a Conditional Use or a Minor Use Permit in the Light Industrial, General Industrial, and Limited Light Industrial Zoning Districts. With a Minor Use Permit, one can cultivate up to 10,000 square feet in size; a Conditional Use Permit is required for cultivation operations of over 10,000 square feet.
As the council gears up to finalize its legislation, it is holding meetings that are open to the public so as to get public feedback on its proposals. A special meeting is being held on April 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. where the Medical Cannabis Policy Subcommittee will meet to discuss outdoor cultivation for both commercial and residential use. If you are interested in attending the meetings where the council will ask for public feedback, please check the City of Santa Rosa legislative calendar or the City of Santa Rosa webpage for information on when those meetings will occur.
For expert assistance in setting up your Cannabis business in Santa Rosa County or anywhere in California, do not hesitate to contact Cannabusiness Law.