Adult Use of Marijuana Act

While the League of California Cities has no position on Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, in response to multiple inquiries from member cities, League Staff have prepared a Memorandum and a Frequently Asked Questions document, explaining how the regulatory landscape for local governments, particularly cities, will change if Prop. 64 passes in November.  The presence of this information on our website should in no way be construed as an endorsement of the initiative, but rather a pro-active effort by the League to keep our members prepared for and forewarned about various local regulatory contingencies, with a view toward maintaining local control.
  • On Nov. 8, 2016, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“AUMA” or “Act”) passed, legalizing nonmedical use of marijuana by persons 21 years of age and over, and the personal cultivation of up to six marijuana plants. In addition, the AUMA will create a state regulatory and licensing system governing the commercial cultivation, testing, and distribution of nonmedical marijuana, and the manufacturing of nonmedical marijuana products.
    In-Person Briefings

    Wednesday, Jan. 11
    2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Sacramento City Hall
    Wednesday, Jan. 25
    1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
    UC Merced Fresno Center, Fresno
    Wednesday, Feb. 1
    12-2:30 p.m.
    Ukiah Valley Conference Center, Ukiah
    Wednesday, Feb. 15
    1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Mayors Ceremonial Room 7th Floor, Riverside
    Wednesday, March 1
    9-11:30 a.m.
    Donald R. Wright Auditorium
    City of Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena
  • Disclaimer

    The League does not prepare or post model ordinances, recognizing that individual cities may approach issues differently and one approach for a city may not be ideal for another. Accordingly, here are our disclaimers about the ordinances posted:
    1. The ordinances have been adopted by individual member cities and provided to the League for informational purposes. They are posted as a resource for the same informational purposes. They have not been reviewed by the League’s attorneys and do not constitute legal advice.
    2. The League does not endorse any ordinance as the only valid approach, recognizing that municipal codes vary and must be approached individually.
    3. City staff and elected officials should consult with their city attorney to prepare an ordinance that is appropriate for that city.

    Sample Ordinances Regulating Marijuana

    Ordinances Prohibiting Cultivation, Processing, Delivery, Dispensaries or Some Combination Thereof:
    • City of Ceres: Prohibits cultivation and deliveries.
    • City of Eastvale: Prohibits commercial cannabis activities, deliveries, and cultivation.
    • City of Jackson: Prohibits cultivation, delivery and dispensaries.
    • City of Lathrop: Prohibits cultivation, processing and storage.
    • City of Live Oak: Prohibits cultivation and dispensaries.
    • City of Lodi: Prohibits delivery and processing.
    • City of Los Banos: Prohibits dispensaries, delivery, cultivation, and processing.
    • City of Manteca: Prohibits cultivation, deliveries, transportation and storage.
    • City of Merced: Prohibits commercial cannabis activities, deliveries, and cultivation.
    • City of Newman: Prohibits business licenses for dispensaries, commercial cannabis activity, distribution, cultivation, delivery, testing, or processing; prohibits commercial cannabis activity, delivery, activity for which a state license is required under the MMRSA, cultivation; will apply to recreational marijuana if legalized in the future.
    • City of Newport Beach: Prohibits cultivation, processing, delivery and dispensaries.
    • City of Petaluma: Prohibits dispensaries, cultivation, deliveries, and commercial cannabis activity generally.
    • City of Riverbank: Prohibits dispensaries and outdoor cultivation.
    • City of San Marcos : Prohibits cultivation, processing, delivery and dispensaries.
    • City of Waterford: Prohibits commercial cannabis activities, deliveries, and cultivation.
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