Santa Barbara County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

Santa Barbara County, California, officially the County of Santa Barbara, is a county located in the southern portion of the state of California, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 423,895. The county seat is Santa Barbara, and the largest city is Santa Maria.

Santa Barbara County comprises the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Most of the county is part of the California Central Coast. Mainstays of the county’s economy include engineering, resource extraction (particularly petroleum extraction and diatomaceous earth mining), winemaking, agriculture, and education. The software development and tourism industries are important employers in the southern part of the county. Southern Santa Barbara County is sometimes considered the northern cultural boundary of Southern California.

Political Statistics

County Board of Supervisors

State Senate

CA State Senate (District 19)
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson -DEM

State Assembly

CA State Assembly (District 35 and District 37)
Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham -REP and Assembly Member Monique Limón -DEM

US Congress

U.S. Congress – House of Representatives (24th District)
Salud Carbajal  -DEM

US Senators

U.S. Senators –State of California

Kamala Harris and Diane Feinstein

City-Level Cannabis Laws

CULTIVATION

BANNED

On January 19, 2016, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted Medical Marijuana Regulations. The regulations prohibit the cultivation and/or processing of medical marijuana within the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County, except for the limited exemptions provided for (1) cultivation for personal medical use and (2) legal cultivation sites existing on January 19, 2016.

The Medical Marijuana Regulations appear as Article X.

Medical Marijuana Cultivation Prohibited. Except for the limited exemptions in subsections A.l and A.2, below, medical marijuana cultivation is prohibited in all zones, districts, properties, and areas within the unincorporated areas of Santa County.

Subsection 35-1003.A.1 of the Medical Marijuana Regulations may allow a qualified patient or person with an identification card, or that patient’s or person’s primary caregiver to cultivate medical marijuana for personal medical use. Please see question #4 below for additional details.

Subsection 35-1003.A.2 may provide an exemption for medical marijuana sites that existed on January 19, 2016.

MANUFACTURING

BANNED

On January 19, 2016, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted Medical Marijuana Regulations. The regulations prohibit the cultivation and/or processing of medical marijuana within the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County, except for the limited exemptions provided for (1) cultivation for personal medical use and (2) legal cultivation sites existing on January 19, 2016.

The Medical Marijuana Regulations appear as Article X.

 

 

RETAIL

BANNED

The County zoning ordinances state that “medical marijuana dispensaries” are not allowed in any zone district in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County.  [County Land Use and Development Code, Sections 35.20.030.A.3.d and 35.42.195; Montecito Land Use and Development Code, Section 35.420.030.A.3.c and 35.430.125; and Coastal Zoning Ordinance, Sections 35-144.I] The zoning ordinances define “medical marijuana dispensary” as “A facility or location that dispenses marijuana through a storefront, including but not limited to storefronts organized and operated by a collective or a cooperative.” (Underline added for emphasis.) The zoning ordinances also define “medical marijuana cooperative” and “medical marijuana collective.” [County Land Use and Development Code, Section 35.110.020; Montecito Land Use and Development Code, Section 35.500.020; and Coastal Zoning Ordinance, Section 35.58]

The county code and county ordinances, including the Medical Marijuana Regulations, do not prohibit or otherwise affect medical marijuana deliveries and/or delivery operations.

 

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