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Albert Lopez
Planning Director
Planning

Commercial Cannabis Regulation in Unincorporated Alameda County


Project Description

Commercial cannabis operations in the State of California are regulated pursuant to a combined scheme for medicinal and adult use under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act ("MAUCRSA"). MAUCRSA provides for a dual licensing scheme: all cannabis business operators obtain permission from their local jurisdiction and from the relevant State of California regulatory agency.

In 2017, the Alameda County Ordinance Code was updated to allow permits for commercial medical cannabis cultivation, dispensaries and delivery in the unincorporated area of Alameda County. This update included revisions to the County's existing dispensary ordinance (Chapter 6.108), the addition of a new cultivation ordinance (Chapter 6.106), and revisions to the Zoning Ordinance (Title 17).

In relation to adult use cannabis, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors adopted resolutions in late 2017 allowing the two existing cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated Alameda County to sell adult use cannabis while the County takes steps to codify commercial adult use cannabis in early 2018.

Additional information regarding commercial cannabis regulation in unincorporated Alameda County is available in relation to the following topics:

Medical Cannabis Cultivation, Dispensaries, and Delivery

  • Ordinances adopted in 2017
  • Summary: What do the 2017 ordinances allow?
  • Requests for Proposals (RFP's) - Cultivation and Dispensaries
  • Delivery Permit Applications
  • Meetings and Agendas

Adult Use Cannabis and Additional Business Types

  • Adult use cannabis
  • Additional business types (manufacturing, testing and distribution)
  • Proposed ordinance amendments
  • Meetings and Agendas

Staff Contact

Liz McElligott
Alameda County Planning Department
224 West Winton Avenue, Suite 111
Hayward, CA 94544
Phone: (510) 670-5400
Send an email.

If you would like to be included on an email list to receive updates in relation to implementation of the County's Medical Cannabis Ordinances, including progress on the cultivation and dispensary RFP's, please provide your name and email address to Liz via the above email link.

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