Santa Cruz County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

Santa Cruz County, California, officially the County of Santa Cruz, is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 262,382. The county seat is Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz County comprises the Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area. The county is located on the California Central Coast, south of the San Francisco Bay Area region. The county forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay, with Monterey County forming the southern coast.

Political Statistics

County Board of Supervisors

State Senate

CA State Senate (District 17)
Senator Bill Monning -DEM

State Assembly

CA State Assembly (District 29 and District 30)
Assembly Member Mark Stone -DEM and Assembly Member Luis Alejo -DEM

US Congress

U.S. Congress – House of Representatives- (18th District and 20th District)
Anna Eshoo -DEM and Sam Farr -DEM

US Senators

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

City-Level Cannabis laws

CULTIVATION

APPROVED

7.128.009 License categories.

The following categories of licenses are created under this chapter for the commercial cultivation of medical cannabis:

(A)    Cottage Garden License. A license issued to cultivate up to 200 square feet of garden canopy.

(B)    Level One Cultivator License. A license issued to cultivate up to 500 square feet of garden canopy. [Ord. 5216 § 1, 2015].

7.124.070 Medical cannabis identification card.

C)    Possession and Cultivation. A qualified patient or a person holding a valid identification card, or the designated primary caregiver of that qualified patient or person, may possess amounts of cannabis up to three pounds of dried cannabis bud or conversion per year. A qualified patient or a person holding a valid identification card, or the designated primary caregiver of that qualified patient or person, may cultivate cannabis in an amount not to exceed more than 100 square feet of total garden canopy, as measured by the combined vegetative growth area.

MANUFACTURING

APPROVED

7.122.030 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, “cannabis/marijuana medical preparations” shall mean: all products made from cannabis or marijuana, in any form intended or used for human consumption, for the treatment of any disease; the relief of pain; or as an adjunct to any medical procedure for the treatment of cancer, glaucoma, or AIDS; or for any other medical or healing purpose defined within the bounds of the doctor/patient relationship. [Added by Measure A, November 3, 1992].

7.124.070 Medical cannabis identification card.

C)    Possession and Cultivation. A qualified patient or a person holding a valid identification card, or the designated primary caregiver of that qualified patient or person, may possess amounts of cannabis up to three pounds of dried cannabis bud or conversion per year.

RETAIL

APPROVED

7.130.070 Creation of the Medical Cannabis Dispensary Licensing Program

7.130.090 License Category, Application submission dates, Eligibility

(A) The license created under this Chapter is the Level One Dispensary License.

(B) Acceptance of applications for an original Level One Dispensary License shall open on September 1, 2016, and close on November 30, 2016.   After November 30, 2016, no additional applications for an original Level One Dispensary License shall be approved.

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