Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Legislation and Policy Development

Proposed Cannabis Ordinance Updates

Planning Agency Update July 30, 2020

Staff gave a presentation regarding the Cannabis Ordinance Update key items for consideration, process, and timeline.

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If you would like to submit public comments regarding the Cannabis Ordinance Update, please email them to

Proposed Cannabis Ordinance Updates

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On October 16, 2018, the County updated the Cannabis Ordinance which went into effect on November 15, 2018. This update, Part 1, was the first of two updates. Part 1 had a limited scope focused on neighborhood compatibility issues and aligning the Ordinance with state law where appropriate. Part 2, anticipated to begin in the fall of 2019, will include a more thorough review of neighborhood compatibility and other implementation efforts that require robust outreach and staff analysis. 

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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

Cannabis related committees and advisory groups:

  • Sonoma County Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee 
  • Sonoma County Cannabis Advisory Group (through July 18, 2019)
  • North Coast Counties Collaboration (six-county cannabis coalition)

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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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