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.

Updated: 7/25/17

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
Kamala D. Harris 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))

6.108.120 – Standard conditions.
A. Throughout the term of the permit, each permittee shall not violate this chapter and shall comply with the following standard conditions:

  1. It shall be a violation of this chapter for a dispensary to distribute, provide or allow to be provided marijuana to any person except those persons who are primary caregivers or qualified patients who are in possession of an identification card which is in compliance with the regulations established by the California Department of Health or health care services agency. All distribution that does not strictly comply with Section 11362.5 of the California Health and Safety Code and the terms of the permit and this chapter is prohibited. It shall be the responsibility of the permittee to ensure that a good faith effort be made to verify the validity of any identification card provided to the dispensary.
  2. Each dispensary shall maintain records of persons who have received marijuana from the dispensary. These records shall set forth only the identification card number issued pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 11362.71 et seq., as a protection of the confidentiality of the cardholders or a copy of such documentation that authorizes such distribution under this chapter.
  3. No dispensary shall be open for business between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. or between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on any day. Additionally, to avoid conflict with the travel of students to and from the school, no dispensary located within one thousand (1,000) feet of any school shall be open during the one and one-half hour period immediately following the cessation of classes. No activities that are undertaken in the operation of the dispensary shall be conducted outside the interior premises of the dispensary.
  4. Marijuana may not be grown or cultivated on the premises. It shall be a violation of this chapter if at any time the amount of marijuana on the premises exceeds the lesser of:
    1. An amount of marijuana equal to eight ounces per qualified patient, primary caregiver and person with an identification card who has received marijuana from the dispensary during the previous thirty (30) calendar days, or
    2. A total of twenty (20) pounds of marijuana.
  5. No marijuana shall be smoked, ingested or otherwise consumed on the premises of a dispensary, provided that ingestion by a vaporization device may be authorized in writing by the health care services agency.
  6. A dispensary shall label its products by stating the name of the dispensary and the weight of cannabis. Any food products must be contained in a package that is labeled to indicate the ingredients, including the amount of cannabis contained in the package, and such other information as may be required by state or local law.
  7. No person who is less than eighteen (18) years of age may be employed or otherwise engaged in the operation of the dispensary. No person under the age of eighteen (18) shall be allowed on the premises.
  8. The entrance to a dispensary shall be posted with a notice that states the restrictions on the presence of persons under the age of eighteen (18) and that smoking, ingesting or consuming marijuana on the premises is prohibited. In addition, each dispensary shall conspicuously display the permit.
  9. No dispensary may hold a license from the State Department of Alcohol Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages, nor may it include a business that sells alcoholic beverages. No alcohol may be stored, sold, dispensed or used on the premises.
  10. Each permittee shall maintain a current registry of persons, including, but not limited to, employees, contractors and volunteers, who are engaged in the operation of the dispensary. The registry shall be provided to the sheriff at any time upon request. The registry shall include the name, current residential address, telephone number, date of birth and the height, weight and color of eyes and hair of each such person.
  11. No person who has been convicted of a felony within the past ten years may be actively engaged in the operation of any dispensary. A conviction within the meaning of this section means a plea or verdict of guilty or a conviction following a plea of nolo contendere.
  12. A dispensary shall provide adequate security on the premises, including lighting and alarms, to insure the safety of persons and to protect the premises from theft.
  13. The permittee shall provide the sheriff with the name, telephone number and facsimile number of a community relations contact to whom one can provide notice of problems associated with the dispensary. The permittee shall make a good faith effort to resolve problems without the need for intervention by the county.
  14. A dispensary shall provide litter removal services twice each day of operation on and in front of the premises and, if necessary, on public sidewalks within one hundred (100) feet of the premises.
  15. A dispensary shall comply with county building, zoning and health codes, and shall allow inspections to ensure conformance with such regulations.
  16. A dispensary shall not be delinquent in the payment of fees required by this chapter.
  17. All activities of the dispensary must take place within the interior of the building and not be visible from the street. A dispensary may not cover or alter the windows or building doors to comply with this requirement.
  18. A dispensary must have appropriate restroom facilities that will accommodate both male and female customers.

B. In order to minimize any adverse impacts on surrounding properties or residents, the standard operating conditions that are set forth in this section may be modified upon the issuance of the permit or upon ten days’ notice during the term of the permit.

C. During the term of each permit, the county shall require the permittee to comply with the standard operating conditions that are set forth in this section or as they may be modified in accordance with subsection B of this section and, in addition, any such operating conditions that may be established pursuant to subsections C and D of Section 6.108.110.

D. At any time during the operation of a dispensary and without notice, the sheriff, acting in conjunction with other appropriate county officials, may enter the premises for the purpose of observing compliance of the dispensary with the conditions of its permit. (Ord. 2005-52 § 2 (part): Ord. 2005-25 § 2 (part))

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