Mendocino County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

Mendocino County is a county located on the north coast of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 87,841. The county seat is Ukiah. Mendocino County comprises the Ukiah, CA Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is located north of the San Francisco Bay Area and west of the Central Valley.

The county is noted for its distinctive Pacific Ocean coastline, Redwood forests, wine production, microbrews, and liberal views about the use of cannabis and support for its legalization. It is estimated that roughly one-third of the economy is based on the cultivation of marijuana. The notable historic and recreational attraction of the “Skunk Train” connects Fort Bragg with Willits in Mendocino County via a steam-locomotive engine, along with other vehicles.

Political Statistics

County Board of Supervisors

State Senate

CA State Senate (District 2)
Senator Mike McGuire -DEM

State Assembly

CA State Assembly (District 2)
Assembly Member Jim Wood – DEM

US Congress

U.S. Congress – House of Representatives- (2nd District)
Jared Huffman – DEM

US Senators

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

CULTIVATION

APPROVED

Mendocino County is developing a cannabis cultivation ordinance.  In August 2016, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to move forwarded with an environmental review of the draft cultivation and zoning ordinance.   As of February 2017, the ordinances are currently being reviewed by the Board of Supervisors.

 

Mendocino County Code 9.31. MEDICAL MARIJUANA REGULATIONS

  • Amended by the Board of Supervisors on February 14, 2012.
    The cultivation of more than 25 plants under any circumstance is prohibited. The ability to cultivate 99 plants with a permit is no longer permissible.
    http://www.mendocinosheriff.com/mm/Ord4291.pdf
  • However note AB 266 Proposed Legislation
    • The County of Mendocino intends to begin issuing permits for cannabis cultivation and other cannabis activity as defined by MMRSA, Business and Professions Code section 19300, et seq. http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/bos/mendoreg.htm

MANUFACTURING

PENDING

Mendocino County is developing an ordinance to permit the other aspects of the cannabis industry outlined in the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 (dispensing, distribution, processing, testing, manufacturing, delivery and transportation).  An upcoming Board of Supervisors workshop is scheduled for March 28, 2017.

RETAIL

APPROVED

Mendocino County is developing an ordinance to permit the other aspects of the cannabis industry outlined in the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 (dispensing, distribution, processing, testing, manufacturing, delivery and transportation).  An upcoming Board of Supervisors workshop is scheduled for March 28, 2017.

 

Mendocino County Code 9.31.080 Medical Marijuana Collectives

  • Medical marijuana collectives engaged in cultivation shall comply with all of the
    following:
  • (1) Operate on a non-profit basis as set forth in Section IV B.1. of the
    Attorney General’s Guidelines;
  • (2) Employ only persons who are at least eighteen (18) years of age
    and comply with all applicable state and federal requirements relating to
    the payment of payroll taxes including federal and state income taxes
    and/or contributions for unemployment insurance, state workers’
    compensation and liability laws;
  • (3) Follow the membership and verification guidelines as set forth in
    Section IV B.3. of the Attorney General’s Guidelines, except that
    wherever “should” appears it shall be replaced with “shall”;
  • (4) Require all prospective members to complete and sign a written
    membership application acknowledging and agreeing to abide by all the
    rules of the collective and all applicable requirements of this Section;
  • (5) Prohibit sales to non-members as set forth in Section IV B.5. of
    the Attorney General’s Guidelines;
  • (6) Allow reimbursements and allocations of medical marijuana as set
    forth in Section IV B.6. of the Attorney General’s Guidelines;
  • (7) Possess marijuana only in amounts consistent with the medical
    needs of the members of the collective; and only cultivate marijuana
    consistent with the limits set forth in this ordinance;
  • (8) Exterior signage shall not indicate or advertise the presence or
    availability of medical marijuana.

http://www.mendocinosheriff.com/mm/Ord4291.pdf

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