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The City of Stockton is undergoing an evaluation process to adopt changes to the Stockton Municipal Code (SMC) following voter approval of ballot Measures P and Q in the November 8, 2016, General Election. Changes were adopted as proposed.
On June 27, 2017, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 94, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, establishing a single system of administration for cannabis laws in California.
On November 7, 2017, City Council adopted ordinance 2017-11-07-1502 for changes to the City’s medical cannabis businesses permitting program. This included banning nonmedical cannabis businesses. Adoption of the ordinance:
In April 2018, the City began a policy project to analyze current cannabis regulatory policy and to provide recommendations to Council in a phased approach on cultivation, retail (dispensary & delivery), testing, manufacturing, distribution and equity. The City’s goal is to be transparent and equitable throughout the process.
On September 18, 2018, City Council adopted ordinance 2018-18-1502 that allows medical cannabis dispensaries to sell adult-use cannabis and for medical cultivation businesses to grow adult-use cannabis.
The project is in its final phase with community meetings in October 2018.
Final recommendations will be presented to the Planning Commission in February 2019 and to City Council at a future date.
SMC Chapter 5.100 Medical Cannabis Businesses
SMC Chapter 5.98 Medical Cannabis Business License Tax
The City is accepting applications for Cannabis Business Use Permits for dispensary (retail storefront) and cultivation sites.
Maps identify areas of the City that may meet zoning requirements for cannabis dispensaries and cultivation sites. All restrictions as specified in the City's ordinances will apply; these are approvals for the Commission Use Permit.
To learn more, please contact the Community Development Department Planning Division.
This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 1/30/2019