Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Cannabis Ordinances and Regulation by City

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The history and summary of cannabis related regulation and ordinances for each major city in Sonoma County is listed below:

Cloverdale

On January 26, 2016, the Cloverdale City Council passed an updated, comprehensive Medical Marijuana Cultivation ordinance. Additional information can be found on the Cloverdale Police Department website.

Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance and Information

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Cotati

In 2007, the Cotati City Council adopted an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries through a licensing program. Contact the City Manager's Office for more information.

City of Cotati Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Application
(PDF: 1.89 MB)

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Healdsburg

In 2007, the Healdsburg City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries from operating within the city limits.

Then, in 2014, the Healdsburg City Council adopted an ordinance regulating medical marijuana cultivation. 

Chapter 8.32 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries of the Healdsburg Municipal Code

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Petaluma

In 2007, the Petaluma City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries from operating within city limits.

In January 2016, the City Council adopted an ordinance banning commercial medical marijuana activity, including cultivation and delivery, with exceptions for qualified patients and primary caregivers.

Chapter 10.15 Medical Marijuana of the Petaluma Municipal Code

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Rohnert Park

In 2007, the Rohnert Park City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits.

Then in February 2016, the City Council adopted an ordinance banning commercial medical marijuana activities (cultivation, processing, deliveries, and dispensaries) and allowing limited indoor personal cultivation.

Chapter 8.30 Marijuana Cultivation, Processing, Delivery, and Dispensaries of the Rohnert Park Code of Ordinances

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Santa Rosa

In 2005, the Santa Rosa City Council adopted an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries through a permitting program.

In March 2016, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance permitting commercial cultivation of marijuana in certain industrial districts.

In August 2016, the Medical Cannabis Policy Subcommittee issued a zoning code interpretation, permitting certain activities within the scope of Santa Rosa's existing zoning and permitting requirements.

City of Santa Rosa Planning Division Medical Cannabis

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Sebastopol

Sebastopol's Zoning Code requires that medical marijuana dispensaries obtain a permit from the city, and places limits on the location and operation of dispensaries and cultivation. 

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Sonoma

Medical marijuana dispensaries and related activities such as cultivation and delivery are not identified in Sonoma's zoning code. Because the City of Sonoma operates under principles of permissive zoning, the above are considered prohibited.

In December 2015, the Sonoma City Council adopted a resolution confirming the city's prohibition on medical marijuana dispensaries and related activities.

Sonoma Municipal Code

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Windsor

In 2007, the Windsor Town Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries.

In February 2016, the Town Council adopted a resolution confirming that the town's zoning code operates under permissive zoning and that marijuana cultivation is a prohibited use.

Then, in November 2016, adopted interim ordinances allowing indoor cultivation for personal use subject to certain restrictions. 

Town of Windsor Current Special Interests: Proposition 64 - Marijuana Legalization

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