City of Santa Rosa Cannabis Program

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On December 19, 2017, the City Council unanimously adopted the City’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance.  The regulations address the locational and operational requirements for personal cannabis cultivation and commercial cannabis businesses, covering allowances for both medical and adult use.   The ordinance goes into effect on January 19, 2018.  For more information on the new regulations go to the Comprehensive Cannabis Policy Page.

Non-retail applications: The City is accepting land use applications for non-retail cannabis businesses.  Applications for adult use and/or volatile manufacturing (Type 7) will be accepted on or after January 19, 2018.

Retail (dispensary) applications: Application intake for retail (dispensary) and delivery cannabis businesses will begin in January with a Pre-Application Phase in which applicants may file for a pre-application neighborhood meeting, staff consultation, and/or concept design review.  This initial phase will be followed by an Application Intake Phase which is currently proposed as a two-week period in March (dates to be determined) for submittal of the Conditional Use Permit.  In anticipation of competing land use permit applications within the same retail cannabis concentration area, staff is working with the Cannabis Policy Subcommittee to develop a merit based approach for scoring, ranking and recommending which of the competing applications move forward to the Public Review Phase of the process.

Fees paid in cash:  Application submittal fees in-excess of $3,000 cash will require an appointment. To make an appointment; call (707) 543-3200, extension 1, or e-mail  

In 2018, the City will focus on the implementation stage of the City’s Cannabis Program.  The City is in the process of developing the staff and program support tools needed to ensure that the Program is effective in its permitting, outreach and education, monitoring, taxation and enforcement. 

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