Los Angeles County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

Los Angeles County, officially the County of Los Angeles, with a population of more than ten million people, is the most populous county in the United States. It has 88 incorporated cities and many unincorporated areas and at 4,083 square miles (10,570 km2) it is larger than the combined areas of the U.S. states of Delaware and Rhode Island. The county contains more than one quarter of all California residents and is one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S.

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

City-Level Cannabis Laws



Medical Use Only For Patient

11.66.010 – Medical marijuana program identification card—Applications.

The county health officer shall provide applications upon request to individuals seeking a medical marijuana program identification card pursuant to Division 10, Chapter 6, Article 2.5 of the Health and Safety Code. (Ord. 2006-0038 § 1 (part), 2006.)

The California Department of Public Health’s Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP) was specifically established to create a State-authorized medical marijuana identification card (MMIC), along with a registry database for verification of qualified patients and their primary caregivers.

Per Health and Safety Code Section 11362.77, a qualified patient or primary caregiver may possess no more than 8 oz. of dried marijuana per qualified patient. In addition, a qualified patient or primary caregiver may also maintain no more than 6 mature or 12 immature marijuana plants.



Present Ban on Dispensaries

Los Angeles Municipal Code

22.56.196 – Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

  • A. Purpose. This Section is established:
    • 1. To ban medical marijuana dispensaries in all zones in the County

7.55.250 – Edibles

Medical marijuana may be provided by a dispensary in an edible form, provided that the edibles meet all applicable county requirements, including but not limited to the medical marijuana dispensary obtaining a public eating license pursuant to Chapter 7.72 of this code. In addition, any beverage or edible produced, provided, or sold at the facility which contains marijuana shall be so identified, as part of the packaging, with a prominent and clearly legible warning advising that the product contains marijuana and that it is to be consumed only with a physician’s recommendation.

(Ord. 2006-0036 § 3 (part), 2006.)



Los Angeles Municipal Code

22.56.196 – Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

  • A. Purpose. This Section is established:
    • 1. To ban medical marijuana dispensaries in all zones in the County; or
    • 2. In the event that such a ban is held to be unlawful by a final decision of a California Court of Appeal or the California Supreme Court, to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in a manner that mitigates potential health, safety, and welfare impacts such dispensaries may have on surrounding properties and persons, consistent and in conformance with California Health and Safety Code section 11362.5 through section 11362.83, inclusive, commonly referred to as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and the Medical Marijuana Program.
  • B. Prohibition. Subject to subsection C, below, it shall be unlawful for any person to use or allow to be used, including renting, leasing, or otherwise permitting, any property, as a medical marijuana dispensary as defined in Section 22.08.130 – M, in any zone in the
  • C. Court decision. If a California Court of Appeal or the California Supreme Court makes a final determination that a ban of medical marijuana dispensaries within an entire local jurisdiction is illegal, such as the ban set forth in subsection B, then the requirements for a conditional use permit as set forth in subsections D through H of this Section 22.56.196 shall be in effect and shall serve to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the County consistent and in conformance with the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and the Medical Marijuana Program.

7.55.170 – Medical marijuana dispensary activity permitted only at medical marijuana dispensary establishment

No establishment shall conduct any medical marijuana dispensary activity at any location requiring a license under this chapter unless such license has been issued and is valid.

(Ord. 2006-0036 § 3 (part), 2006.)

Los Angeles County Municipal Code 7.55.020 – License required

  • A. Except as provided in B, below, every medical marijuana dispensary shall have a license provided for in Part 2 of this chapter. No person shall own or operate any medical marijuana dispensary at any location until a license has been procured pursuant to Part 2 of this chapter, and payment of an annual fee has been made therefore in accordance with section 7.14.010, under the appropriate heading.

7.55.050 – Prerequisites to issuance of license

  • A. A license shall not be granted or issued pursuant to this article unless the application has obtained a conditional use permit, if one is required, by Title 22 of the code.

7.55.280 – Cultivation and cuttings

Marijuana shall not be grown at or on the site of any medical marijuana dispensary, except that cuttings of the marijuana plant may be kept or maintained on-site for distribution to qualified patients and primary caregivers as follows:

  • A. The cuttings shall not be utilized by the medical marijuana dispensary as a source for the provision of marijuana for consumption on-site.
  • B. For the purposes of this section, the term “cutting” shall mean a rootless piece cut from a marijuana plant, which is no more than six
    inches in length, and which can be used to grow another plant at a different location. (Ord. 2006-0036 § 3 (part), 2006.)”

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