Alameda County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

Alameda County (/ælᵻˈmiːdə/, al-uh-ME-duh) is a county in the state of California in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,510,271,[4] making it the 7th-most populous county in the state.[5] Its county seat is Oakland.[6] Alameda County is included in the San Francisco Bay Area, occupying much of the East Bay region. The county was formed on March 25, 1853, from a large portion of Contra Costa County and a smaller portion of Santa Clara County.

Much of what is now considered an intensively urban region, with major cities, was developed as a trolley car suburb of San Francisco in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The historical progression from Native American tribal lands to Spanish, then Mexican ranches, then to farms, ranches, and orchards, then multiple city centers and suburbs, is shared with the adjacent and closely associated Contra Costa County.

Political Statistics

County Board of Supervisors

State Senate

CA State Senate (District 7, District 9 and District 10)
Senator Steve Glazer -DEM, Senator Loni Hancock -DEM and Senator Bob Wieckowski -DEM

State Assembly

CA State Assembly (District 15, District 16, District 18, District 20 and District 25)
Senator Tony Thurmond -DEM, Senator Catharine Baker -REP, Senator Rob Bonta -DEM, Senator Bill Quirk -DEM and Senator Kansen Chu -DEM

US Congress

U.S. Congress – House of Representatives (13th District, 15th District and 17th District)
Senator Barbara Lee -DEM, Senator Eric Swalwell -DEM and Senator Mike Honda -DEM

US Senators

U.S. Senators –State of California
Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein

City-Level Cannabis Laws



Alameda County Municipal Code 6.106.040 – Medical marijuana cultivation and delivery prohibited


  • A. The cultivation and delivery of medical marijuana are prohibited in all areas of unincorporated Alameda County. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to:
    • 1. Cultivation of marijuana, either indoors or outdoors.
    • 2. Operation of a marijuana nursery, as defined by California Business and Professions Code Section 19300.5(ah) as it now reads or as amended.
    • 3. Medical marijuana manufacturing sites, as defined by California Business and Professions Code Section 19300.5(af) as it now reads or as amended.
  • B. Notwithstanding subsection A, nothing in this chapter shall prohibit:
    • 1. The carriage of medical cannabis or medical cannabis products on public roads by licensees acting in compliance with California Business and Professions Code Section 19340 and any adopted state and local regulations.
    • 2. Licensed transporters operating in compliance with California Business and Professions Code Sections 19337 and 19338 and any adopted state and local regulations.
      (Ord. No. 2016-6, § 1, 1-26-16)



Alameda County Municipal Code 6.112.010 – Purpose and intent

The purpose and intent of this chapter is to protect the health, safety and general welfare of residents of Alameda County by prohibiting the sale of marijuana-flavored candies which are used to induce persons, especially children, into the use of marijuana.

(Ord. 2006-20 § 2 (part))



Alameda Municipal Code 6.108.030 – Permit required

  • A. It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct, engage in or allow to be conducted or engaged in the operation of a medical marijuana dispensary in the unincorporated portion of Alameda County, unless such medical marijuana dispensary has been granted a legally effective permit issued under this chapter. Notwithstanding the above, the permits issued under this chapter do not provide any protection or immunity for any person from state or federal laws, or from prosecution pursuant to any applicable state or federal laws.
  • B. The owner, managing partner, officer of a corporation or such other person who shall be primarily responsible for the operation of a proposed medical marijuana dispensary shall apply for a permit under this chapter and, if granted, shall maintain the operation of the medical marijuana dispensary in conformity with the terms of this chapter and of the permit.
  • C. The fact that an applicant possesses other types of state or county permits or licenses other than those identified in Section 6.108.020 shall not exempt the applicant from obtaining a permit under this chapter, nor shall the terms and conditions of any other such permit or license modify the requirements of a permit granted under this chapter.
  • D. At no time shall the county have in effect more than three permits, consisting of a maximum of one permit in each of the areas shown in Exhibit A at the end of this chapter. No permit shall be issued in any portion of the unincorporated area that is not within one of the areas delineated in Exhibit A.
  • E. Notwithstanding subsection D of this section, each medical marijuana dispensary shall also meet all of the following locational standards:
    • 1. No dispensary may be closer than one thousand (1,000) feet from any other dispensary.
    • 2. No dispensary may be closer than one thousand (1,000) feet from any school, public park or playground, drug recovery facility or recreation center.
    • 3. Each dispensary shall be located in a commercial or industrial zone or their equivalent.
  • F. The county has the ability to reduce the location requirement as it applies to schools by fifteen (15) percent upon a finding that the dispensary would not endanger the health and safety of students.
    (Ord. 2005-52 § 2 (part): Ord. 2005-25 § 2 (part))

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