Marijuana Regulations

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This page provides an overview of marijuana regulations in the City of Sausalito and the State of California. You will also find information about City meetings on the subject.

Survey

Council sought direction from Sausalito residents in its development of marijuana regulations for the City. The survey went live on December 7 responses were collected until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. View the results of the survey.

Other ways to make your voice heard:

  • Call or send an email message to Joshua Montemayor, Business Manager, at (415) 289-4144 or jmontemayor@sausalito.gov
  • Attend an upcoming public meeting with marijuana regulations on the agenda

Background

In 2015, the California Legislature enacted the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), legalizing and regulating medical marijuana use, delivery, and the indoor, private cultivation of up to six plants. Additionally, in 2016 California voters approved Proposition 64, the "Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act" (AUMA), which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 years and older, and allows the small-scale cultivation and delivery of recreational marijuana.  The law also establishes regulatory and taxation measures for recreational marijuana activities.

The State of California will begin issuing commercial licenses for recreational marijuana after January 1, 2018, but it will not issue such licenses in jurisdictions that adopt ordinances prohibiting these uses. 

Taken together, MCRSA and AUMA allow for the establishment of a variety of medical and recreational marijuana businesses and deliveries if not restricted by the local jurisdiction.  While state law allows local municipalities to control the commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana, they may not completely ban the private indoor cultivation of six plants or less.

Sausalito Regulations

On January 9, 2018, in accordance with Government Code Section 65858, the Sausalito City Council extended and revised the interim marijuana regulations, originally adopted as an Urgency Ordinance on November 28, 2017. The revised marijuana regulations now allows for the delivery of medical and recreational marijuana.  The following summarizes marijuana regulations in Sausalito:

  • Commercial marijuana activity is prohibited.
  • Indoor cultivation for personal use is restricted to six or fewer adult plants.
  • Outdoor marijuana cultivation is prohibited.
  • Delivery of marijuana is allowed.  

The extension of the interim regulations will be in full force and effect for 10 months and fifteen days (until November 24, 2018). During the extension period, the Council and City Staff will continue to study the issues related to marijuana regulation and evaluate the results of the survey. The extension will provide City Staff time to draft a permanent, non-interim, marijuana ordinance that will then follow a public review process through the Planning Commission before being considered by the City Council. If the Council needs additional time, the interim regulations can be extended again for one year.

State Regulations

The State's cannabis regulations are rapidly changing and evolving. The latest information may be found on the State of California Cannabis Portal.

City Council and Planning Commission Items

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