Kern County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

Kern County is a county located in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 839,631. Its county seat is Bakersfield. Kern County comprises the Bakersfield, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county spans the southern end of the Central Valley. Covering 8,161.42 square miles (21,138.0 km2), it ranges west to the southern slope of the Coast Ranges, and east beyond the southern slope of the eastern Sierra Nevada into the Mojave Desert, at the city of Ridgecrest. Its northernmost city is Delano[citation needed] and its southern reach expands just beyond Lebec to the Grapevine and the northern tip of the parallel Antelope Valley.

The county’s economy is heavily linked to agriculture and to petroleum extraction. There is also a strong aviation, space, and military presence, such as Edwards Air Force Base, the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, and the Mojave Air and Space Port. It is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States in terms of population growth, and suffers from significant water supply issues and poor air quality.

Political Statistics

County Board of Supervisors

State Senate

CA State Senate (District 14th and District 16th)
Senator Andy Vidak -REP and Senator Jean Fuller -REP

State Assembly

CA State Assembly (District 26, District 32, District 34 and District 36)
Assembly Member Devon Mathis -REP, Assembly Member Rudy Salas -DEM, Assembly Member Shannon Grove -REP and Assembly Member Tom Lackey -REP

US Congress

U.S. Congress – House of Representatives (23rd District)
Kevin McCarthy -REP

US Senators

U.S. Senators –State of California
Kamala D. Harris and Diane Feinstein



Kern County Code of Ordinances 5.85.050 – Medical marijuana cultivation of more than 12 plants prohibited

  • A. Outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana is prohibited in all areas of the county. Indoor cultivation of medical marijuana is prohibited in all areas of the county.
  • B. This section shall not apply to cultivation of twelve (12) or fewer medical marijuana plants on any legal parcel of record.
    (Ord. No. G-8556, § 2, 5-19-15)



Kern County Code of Ordinances 19.120.040 – Development and performance standards

  • No edible products containing marijuana shall be distributed or sold by or on the premises of the medical marijuana dispensary.



Chapter 19.120 – MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES 19.120.010 – Purpose and application.

  • Medical marijuana dispensaries shall not be established in any zone district other than the M-2 PD (Medium Industrial – Precise Development Combining District) and M-3 PD (Heavy Industrial – Precise Development Combining District) zone districts. Medical marijuana dispensaries must be fully compliant with all requirements of Chapter 19.80 (Special Development Standards).

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