Contra Costa County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

Contra Costa County is a county located in the state of California in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,049,025. The county seat is Martinez. The name means “opposite coast” in Spanish.[6] Contra Costa County is included in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It occupies the northern portion of the East Bay region and is primarily suburban.

Political Statistics

County Board of Supervisors

State Senate

CA State Senate (District 9)
Senator Nancy Skinner -DEM

State Assembly

CA State Assembly (District 18)
Assembly Member Rob Bonta -DEM

US Congress

U.S. Congress – House of Representatives- (13th District)
Barbara Lee -DEM

US Senators

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

City-Level Cannabis Laws



2016-04 022- 022-16

Urgency interim ordinance prohibiting the cultivation of medical marijuana and the delivery of medical marijuana in the unincorporated area of Contra Costa County (NOT CODIFIED)

  • 2006-17 Urgency interim ordinance prohibiting establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries (Special)



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82-2.022 – Prohibited uses.

The following land uses are prohibited at all locations in all zoning districts in the county:

  • (a) Any use that violates state or federal law.
  • (b)Medical marijuana dispensary. (Ord. 2008-05 § 2).

82-4.292 – Medical marijuana dispensary defined.

“Medical marijuana dispensary” means any facility or location, stationary or mobile, where marijuana is made available, sold, transmitted, given, distributed to, or otherwise provided by or to a primary caregiver, qualified patient, or a person with an identification card, in accordance with the State Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5).

A “medical marijuana dispensary” does not include the following uses, as long as their location is otherwise regulated by this code or applicable law and as long as their use complies strictly with applicable law including but not limited to Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5: a clinic licensed pursuant to Chapter 1 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code; a health care facility licensed pursuant to Chapter 2 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code; a residential care facility for persons with chronic life-threatening illness licensed pursuant to Chapter 3.01 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code; a residential care facility for the elderly licensed pursuant to Chapter 3.2 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code; a residential hospice or a home health agency licensed pursuant to Chapter 8 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code.

(Ord. 2008-05 § 3).


Former Ban 2006:

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