Humboldt County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

Humboldt County is a county in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 134,623. The county seat is Eureka. Humboldt County comprises the Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, CA Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is located on the far North Coast 200 miles north of San Francisco. Its primary population centers of Eureka, the site of College of the Redwoods main campus, and the smaller college town of Arcata, site of Humboldt State University, are located adjacent to Humboldt Bay, California’s second largest natural bay.

Humboldt County is a densely forested mountainous, and rural county with about 110 miles of coastline (more than any other county in the state) situated along the Pacific coast in Northern California’s rugged Coast (Mountain) Ranges. With nearly 1,500,000 acres (6,100 km2) of combined public and private forest in production, Humboldt County alone produces twenty percent of total volume and thirty percent of the total value of all forest products produced in California. The county contains over forty percent of all remaining old growth Coast Redwood forests, the vast majority of which is protected or strictly conserved within dozens of national, state, and local forests and parks, totaling approximately 680,000 acres (over 1,000 square miles).

Political Statistics

County Board of Supervisors

State Senate


State Assembly

  • District 2 Assembly Member Jim Wood -DEM

US Congress



Humboldt Municipal Code Ord No. 2523 – Indoor/Outdoor Personal Use Cultivation



On February 26, 2016: the Commercial Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance took effect, making Humboldt the first county in the state to develop a comprehensive local regulatory system that is in line with recently passed state law.



Ord No. 2534 – Dispensary regulations approved August 18, 2015

  • NOTE: Ord No. 2534 becomes effective upon repeal of Ord No. 2511

As of Feb. 26, 2016, medical marijuana business can be permitted in the unincorporated areas of Humboldt County predicated upon the Commercial Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance, making Humboldt the first county in the state to develop a comprehensive local regulatory system that is in line with recently passed state law.

Adoption of ordinance adding Sections 313-55.3 and 314-55.3 relating to the regulation of storefront based medical marijuana collective or cooperative dispensing facilities.

Pursuant to the Board of Supervisors meeting on July 19, 2016, medical marijuana applications for retail will be available on August 19, 2016

Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance (MMLUO) – Phase III. Medical Marijuana.  Dispensing Facilities, Removal of Ban and Ordinance. Amendments in Response to the MMRSA. Case Number OR-15-02, Applies Countywide.


The deadline to apply for pre-existing commercial Cannabis Activity permits is August 23, 2016.  The deadline to apply for a new commercial Cannabis Activity permits is December 31, 2016.

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