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.


The City 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.


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

The Sausalito City Council voted on October 30, 2018, to extend the City's interim urgency marijuana ordinance through November 24, 2019. The interim urgency ordinance was originally passed in November 2017 and extended for the first time in January 2018. Without specific local regulations in place as of January 1, 2018, commercial marijuana businesses would have been allowed in Sausalito without any local regulation.

 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 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.

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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