Bookmark and Share
Cannabis Licensing Office

Cannabis Advisories:

  1. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE COUNTY HAS NOT YET BEGUN TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR CANNABIS BUSINESS LICENSES, PENDING FINAL RULEMAKING FOR NON-RETAIL CANNABIS BUSINESSES. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT IN MAY, FINAL REGULATIONS WILL BE IN EFFECT. UNTIL YOU ARE LICENSED AND PERMITTED BY THE COUNTY DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SET UP OR ESTABLISH NEW OPERATIONS OR YOU JEOPARDIZE YOUR CHANCES OF A CANNABIS BUSINESS LICENSE.
  2. ONLY THOSE WHO ARE CONTACTED BY THE COUNTY ARE DEEMED ELIGIBLE FOR INTERIM “LOCAL LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION” THEY MAY TAKE TO THE STATE TO APPLY FOR STATE LICENSES. THESE ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE LONG-ESTABLISHED OPERATORS IN THE COUNTY WHO HAVE A HISTORY OF PAYING THEIR CANNABIS BUSINESS TAXES. AGAIN, DO NOT CONTACT US, WE WILL CONTACT YOU, IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE. EVERYONE ELSE MUST AWAIT FINAL RULE ADOPTION, LICENSURE, BE PERMITTED AND SO FORTH, BEFORE ESTABLISHING NEW CANANBIS BUSINESSES.
  3. LASTLY, KNOW YOUR JURISDICTION. CITIES AND COUNTIES HAVE DIFFERING RULES AND ZONING REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO CANNABIS BUSINESS LICENSES- IF YOU ARE IN A NON-INCORPORATED PART OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, YOU ARE IN THE COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ’S JURISIDCTION. OTHERWISE, CONTACT THE CITY OR COUNTY WITHIN WHICH YOU ARE LOCATED FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.

Manufacturing

Proposed Final Ordinances
Santa Cruz County Code (SCCC) Chapters 7.128 and Amendments to 13.10: Non-Retail Commercial Cannabis Businesses

Based upon the findings of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), recommended mitigation measures, and public comments received on the DEIR, the County has assembled proposed final draft ordinances for the consideration of the Board of Supervisors to regulate the commercial cannabis supply chain involving cultivation, manufacture and distribution:

SCCC Chapter 7.128 NON-RETAIL COMMERCIAL CANNABIS BUSINESSES establishes regulations for cannabis cultivation, manufacture and distribution.

SCCC Chapter 13.10 Zoning Ordinance Amendments for NON-RETAIL COMMERCIAL CANANBIS USES establishes land use permitting requirements and restrictions for cannabis cultivation, manufacture and distribution.

These two proposed final ordinances work in partnership to regulate the non-retail cannabis supply chain. While proposed SCCC 7.128 serves to establish operational restrictions and a cannabis licensing program for non-retail commercial cannabis businesses in Santa Cruz County, Amendments to SCCC 13.10 Zoning Ordinance have been proposed to establish zoning restrictions and land use permitting requirements for the industry. These partner ordinances are intended to be read in tandem to determine potential cannabis business site eligibility and operational restrictions for non-retail cannabis businesses.

Direct link to proposed ordinances (dated February 28, 2018): 7.128, 13.10, BMOP.