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.
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.
At its meeting on October 22, 2019, the City Council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance regulating marijuana in Sausalito. The ordinance will go into effect after 30 days.
The new ordinance makes permanent an interim ordinance that was first adopted by the City Council in November 2017. Under the new ordinance, the following regulations will be permanently incorporated into the Sausalito Municipal Code:
- The delivery of marijuana by registered businesses operating outside of Sausalito is allowed
- Storefront retail and other marijuana businesses are prohibited
- Indoor marijuana cultivation for personal use is restricted to six or fewer adult plants
- Outdoor marijuana cultivation is prohibited
The adoption of the ordinance does not preclude the City Council from making amendments at a later date. Among changes previously discussed by the Council include the possibility of allowing non-storefront marijuana businesses.
The State's cannabis regulations are rapidly changing and evolving. The latest information may be found on the State of California Cannabis Portal.
- In 2015, California passed the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (also known as MCRSA) legalizing medical marijuana use.
- In 2016, California passed the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult use of Marijuana Act (also known as Prop 64 or AUMA) legalizing recreational marijuana use.
- In 2017, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) created one framework for the regulation of commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis in California.
- On December 7, 2017, the Office of Administrative Law approved the Bureau of Cannabis Control's Emergency Regulatory Action and Final Text of Marijuana Regulations.
City Council and Planning Commission Items
- October 22, 2019: Adopt, Give Second Reading and Read by Title Only, Ordinance No. 1274, “An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Sausalito to Adopt Marijuana Regulations, Sausalito Municipal Code Chapter 10.47”
- October 8, 2019, City Council: Adopting a Zoning Ordinance Amendment To Adopt Marijuana Regulations
- January 22, 2019, City Council: Marijuana Regulations Update – Next Steps
- October 30, 2018, City Council: Marijuana Regulations Update- Introduction and adoption of Interim Urgency Ordinance
- June 19, 2018, City Council: Progress Report on Marijuana Regulations – San Rafael's Measure G, Status of Delivery Operations in Sausalito, and an Overview on Taxing Cannabis at the State and Local Levels (Consent item, no presentation: read the Staff report, Emergency Regulations Fact Sheet, San Rafael's Impartial Analysis of Measure G, Copy of ONA.life temporary state license)
- January 9, 2018, City Council: Extend Interim Urgency Ordinance No. 1248, establishing Marijuana Regulations, for 10 months and 15 days
- November 28, 2017, City Council: Introduction of an Ordinance Amending Sausalito Municipal Code Deleting Section 10.44.320 and Adding Chapter 10.47 in order to Establish Marijuana Regulation
- November 8, 2017, Planning Commission: Consideration of Proposed Amendments to the Zoning Code regarding Marijuana Regulations