California State law allows local governments to regulate commercial cannabis activities in their respective jurisdictions. The City of Santa Clara is currently taking steps to implement local cannabis health and safety regulations to protect citizens and conform with new state regulations.

The City will continue to update this webpage as part of our ongoing effort and encourages the public to participate throughout the process by attending meetings and offering constructive input.

Background: The Status of Medical/Recreational Cannabis

On June 27, 2016, the State enacted the Medical Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act (MCRSA) to protect residents’ use of medical cannabis and to establish regulations for personal and commercial medical cannabis activity.

On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) to regulate personal and commercial non-medical marijuana activity. Proposition 64 passed by a State-wide margin of 57%, with 50.5% support in Santa Clara County, and 55.8% support in the City of Santa Clara.

Now, the State legislature SB 94, the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) combines and unifies regulations for both medicinal and non-medicinal commercial cannabis activities and the personal use of cannabis. Click this link to view SB 94:

On January 1, 2018 the State began issuing temporary commercial licenses for medicinal and non-medicinal cannabis. Many California cities and counties are now implementing local cannabis regulations. 

Current Efforts

The City of Santa Clara has taken several steps to address the complex and dynamic implementation process for limited and well-regulated local cannabis commercial activities.

The City will continue to update its website to provide additional information and receive feedback. Please check the tentative schedule of the process below, as well as the News, Events, and FAQ sections of this webpage for more information.

Tentative Timeline of the Process

  • February 12, 2018: Cannabis Community Outreach Meeting - Evening Session
  • February 15, 2018: Cannabis Community Outreach Meeting - Day Session
  • May 29, 2018: City Council Meeting
    • Report on Work Effort Related to New City Cannabis Regulations: Health & Safety Ordinance; Regulatory Fee and Tax Proposal; and Land Use Ordinance
  • May 30, 2018: Cannabis Community Outreach Meeting
  • June 14, 2018: Cannabis Community Outreach Meeting                    
  • July 2018: City Council Meeting 
    • First reading of the Tax Ordinance
  • August and September 2018: City Council Meetings
    • First and second readings of the Health and Safety Ordinance
  • September 2018: Planning Commission Meeting
    • Hearing on Zoning Amendment
  • September and October 2018: City Council Meetings
    • First and second readings of the Zoning Ordinance            
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