• Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Over the last several years, California voters, and the state legislature created a legal framework to enable the cannabis industry to move into a regulated commercial market. In response to these changes the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted a series of ordinances to establish a comprehensive local program to permit and regulate medical cannabis. These ordinances were created to preserve our environmental resources, protect the health and safety of our communities, and ensure industry contributes positively to the economic vitality of our County. This website serves as central location for the multi-department implementation of the County’s Cannabis Program.

December 19, 2019 Update: Cannabis Ad Hoc Recommendations

On December 17, 2019, the Board of Supervisors received an update on the Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee and accepted recommendations for program improvements. 

The Board of Supervisors approved recommendations for staff to explore changes in the following areas: penalty relief program, cultivation, and the timeline for these recommendations. These changes include an assessment of penalty relief applications, permitting process improvements, code enforcement, and updates to the ordinance toward ministerial permitting. 

Staff will begin work on the following items:

  • Complete an assessment of each penalty relief project application and establish a path to resolution
  • Schedule projects identified for original jurisdiction for hearing at future Board of Supervisors meetings (30 day notification)
  • Investigate amending the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance to that cannabis cultivation may be allowed with a ministerial permit issued by the Department of Agriculture / Weights & Measures (AWM), while associated building permits would continue to be issued by Permit Sonoma; and including amendments that would streamline the permitting process
  • Transition code enforcement of regulated market from Permit Sonoma to AWM
  • Shift priorities from a countywide environmental impact review toward changes that do not require that level of environmental review
  • Develop a business plan and timeline for program improvements and transition of responsibilities

Please note: Amendments to the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance will proceed through a public hearing process, with opportunities for public input. The Board of Supervisors will also review the business plan and timeline. 

Summary Report (PDF: 1,350 kB) 

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF: 234 kB)

  • Published on August 2, 2019

    County Supervisors Approve and Fund Cannabis Ordinance Update Part II

  • Published on March 26, 2019

    Senate Bill 67, introduced by Senator McGuire as an urgency statute, seeks to alleviate the immediate danger confronting the cannabis industry by authorizing the revalidation of an expired temporary license if the licensee submitted an application for an annual or provisional state license before the licensee’s temporary license expiration date. 

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