Sonoma County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

Sonoma County is a county in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 483,878. Its county seat and largest city is Santa Rosa. Sonoma County comprises the Santa Rosa, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area. It is the northwestern county in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region.

Political Statistics

County Board of Supervisors

State Senate

CA State Senate (District 2 and District 3)
Senator Mike McGuire -DEM and Senator Bill Dodd -DEM

State Assembly

CA State Assembly (District 2, District 4 and District 10)
Assembly Member Jim Wood – DEM, Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Assembly Member Marc Levine

US Congress

U.S. Congress – House of Representatives- (2nd District and 5th District)
Jared Huffman -DEM and  Mike Thompson -DEM

US Senators

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

City-specific Cannabis Laws

CULTIVATION

APPROVED

Cannabis Permitting (except for dispensaries which can be applied for now) will begin July 1, 2017. More information will be posted soon.

The California Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) requires an operator in the cannabis industry to first obtain a local license or permit before applying for a state license. As directed by the Board of Supervisors on February 2, 2016 and led by the Ad Hoc Committee, staff has established a proposed regulatory framework for cannabis operations including cultivation, testing labs, distribution, transportation, deliveries, manufacturing and dispensaries.

The Cannabis Land Use Ordinance (No. 6189) adopted Dec 20, 2016 includes the following language which provides a period of time for existing cannabis cooperatives and collectives (cultivation only) to apply for permits to legalize their operation or cease the use. Transition Period. This ordinance hereby supersedes Resolution 06-0846. Existing cannabis cultivation cooperatives or collectives that demonstrate to the review authority that they were in operation before January 1, 2016 shall have until January 1, 2018 to come into compliance with this ordinance, provided that there has been no increase in the size of the cultivation area and the operations are in compliance with the best management practices and the operating standards.

MANUFACTURING

APPROVED

ORDINANCE NO. 6189 An Ordinance Of The Board Of Supervisors Of The County Of Sonoma, State Of California, Adopting a Negative Declaration and Amending Text Of Chapter 26 {Zoning Ordinance) Of The Sonoma County Code To Allow Personal Cultivation of Cannabis and Permit Cultivation of Commercial Medical Cannabis and Support Land Uses in Various Zoning Districts, Adopting New Definitions and Establishing Special Use Regulations.

Cannabis manufacturing includes the production or packaging of cannabis products, including oils, tinctures, and edible cannabis products. The  ordinance  allows manufacturing with nonvolatile solvents within industrial areas, consistent with where other manufacturing is allowed, subject to a use permit and prohibits manufacturing with volatile solvents, which will be further defined and limited by the State once regulations are developed.

RETAIL

APPROVED

The Cannabis Land Use Ordinance (No. 6189) adopted Dec 20, 2016 includes the following language which provides a period of time for existing cannabis cooperatives and collectives (cultivation only) to apply for permits to legalize their operation or cease the use.

 

Transition Period.This ordinance hereby supersedes Resolution 06-0846. Existing cannabis cultivation cooperatives or collectives that demonstrate to the review authority that they were in operation before January 1, 2016 shall have until January 1, 2018 to come into compliance with this ordinance, provided that there has been no increase in the size of the cultivation area and the operations are in compliance with the best management practices and the operating standards.

Documentation of cultivation activities occurring prior to Jan 1, 2016 including evidence and calculation of square footage. Operations may only be relocated in order to prepare for the permit process (the new property will be verified for consistently with previous cultivation area size).

Medical Cannabis Dispensary. Article 88 of Chapter 26 of the County Code is hereby amended to delete Subsection 26-88-126 Medical Cannabis Dispensary in its entirety and replaced to add Subsection 26-88-256 Medical Cannabis Dispensary.

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COUNTY-SPECIFIC NEWS AND UPDATES