Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Legislation and Policy Development

Proposed Cannabis Ordinance Updates

On April 10, 2018, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors conducted a Cannabis Ordinance Study Session and adopted a Resolution of Intention to update the existing Cannabis Ordinance. Feedback from the Board focused the following three actions:

  • Consider allowing Adult Use cannabis in unincorporated Sonoma County for the full cannabis supply chain including dispensaries.
  • Harmonize the Sonoma County Ordinance with state law and regulations where appropriate.
  • Enhance neighborhood compatibility and overconcentration issues related to cannabis operations.

The Ordinance amendment process will be split into two parts with the proposed part one amendments being reviewed by the Cannabis Advisory Group on May 30th the Sonoma County Planning Commission on June 7thand the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors later this summer. 

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Sonoma County Cannabis Ordinances

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted the Cannabis Ordinance for Land Use, Medical Cannabis Health Ordinance, and Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance in December 2016.

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Committees and Advisory Groups

Sonoma County has three cannabis related committees and advisory groups:

  • 2017 Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee,
  • Sonoma County Cannabis Advisory Group,
  • Marijuana Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC)

Sonoma and five other counties to implement local cannabis programs are part of the North Coast Counties Collaboration.

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State and Federal Laws

Summary and history of state and federal cannabis legislation, from Proposition 215 (1996) to Proposition 64 (2016).

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Cannabis Ordinances and Regulation by City

The history and summary of cannabis related regulation and ordinances for each major city in Sonoma County.

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