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SACRAMENTO CANNABIS NEWS

State Licensing Workshop Scheduled in Sacramento Oct 17

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) and the City of Sacramento will jointly host a public licensing workshop on October 17, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Sacramento Convention Center. 

The Bureau and the City will be joined by other state agencies which include the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA).  The workshop is free and no pre-registration is required.

The workshop, which will be held at the Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall D, will focus on licensing requirements, as well as resources available for people intending to apply for state commercial cannabis licenses.  The event will open with a brief overview and then transition to an open house where potential applicants can obtain information and ask questions from different state and local agencies.

The City of Sacramento will have a booth where potential applicants can get information on applying for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and a Business Operating Permit (BOP), the two permits required in order to start a cannabis business in the city.

The Sacramento workshop is the third of three licensing workshops, which will start in Los Angeles on October 12 and in Riverside on October 13. 

For more information on commercial cannabis State licenses, visit the BCC website at http://www.bcc.ca.gov/.  More information regarding the City’s permitting process, including CUP and BOP applications, are available at the City’s website at www.cityofsacramento.org/marijuana.

For questions on the licensing workshop, please contact Zarah Cruz at zcruz@cityofsacramento.org or at 916-808-8925.  (Oct. 4, 2017)

 

NEW ORDINANCE LIMITS RESIDENTIAL GROWS TO 6 PLANTS PER HOUSEHOLD

 The Sacramento City Council has amended its ordinance on residential cultivation which has allowed qualified patients and their caregivers to grow cannabis in up to 400 sq. ft. of indoor space within their residential property.

The ordinance adopted on August 29 repealed the 400-sq. ft. allowed indoor grow space and has been replaced with a maximum of six living plants per household to align with State law.  The 6-plant limit applies to cannabis grown either for medical or non-medical purposes. 

The new ordinance imposes a penalty of $500 per plant that is in excess of the limit. It is scheduled to take effect on September 29.

Sacramento’s residential cultivation ordinance was adopted in November 2012 in light of two State laws allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, namely Proposition 215 or the “Compassionate Use Act of 1996,” and Senate Bill 420, known as the “Medical Marijuana Program.”

On November 8, 2016 California voters passed Proposition 64 or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) allowing adults 21 years or older to legally use, possess and grow up to six cannabis plants per household for non-medical purposes. 

These State laws all give cities and counties the authority to regulate residential cultivation in their jurisdictions. 

The City’s restrictions for residential grows, which included concealment from public view, power usage, confinement of lighting and odor control that were specified in the previous ordinance will remain in place. 

Reducing the number of cannabis plants a household can grow is an important step towards addressing illegal residential cultivation in Sacramento, which is considered a significant public safety concern and a major nuisance in the city’s residential neighborhoods.  City officials believe that possession and access to an excessive number of plants can potentially lead to diversion and the proliferation of the cannabis illicit market.

City Council, Law and Legislation to Hear Cannabis-Related Items on August 22

The City Council and the Law and Legislation Committee will hear a number of items related to cannabis at their respective meetings on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

The Law and Legislation Committee meeting will start at 2 p.m. and will discuss cannabis-related items including: 1) Adult Use; 2) allowing the use of ethanol in nonvolatile manufacturing; and 3) a restriction on the sale of butane.

At the City Council meeting, which will start at 5 p.m. staff will provide a status report on the City's enforcement actions related to illegal cultivation.  Two other items:  residential cultivation, and changes to the ordinance pertaining to cannabis businesses are also on the agenda as Pass for Publication (PFP) items, and will be discussed at the next Council meeting scheduled for August 29, 2017.

Both meetings will be held at the Council Chamber, New City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. The meetings are open to the public.

Delivery, Distribution and Other Items to be discussed at July 25 law and legislation committee Meeting

The Law and Legislation will hear a number of items related to cannabis at its next scheduled meeting on July 25.

The committee meeting will be held at 3 pm at the Council Chamber, New City Hall at 915 I Street. The meeting is open to the public.

Items that will be discussed by the committee include:

  • Cleanup of ordinance relating to cannabis businesses
  • Residential cultivation
  • Distribution
  • Delivery
  • Cannabis Conditional Use Permits (CUPs)
  • Tiered manufacturing permits
  • Ability to publish regulations
  • Ability to issue revoked or surrendered dispensary permits
  • Background checks

A full agenda and corresponding staff reports will be available by the end of business on July 20.

Please contact staff for more information on any of the agenda items listed above. (July 14, 2017)

Applications for Non-Volatile Manufacturing and Testing Laboratories to be Accepted Starting May 4th

The City of Sacramento will start accepting applications for non-volatile manufacturing and testing laboratories on May 4th after the City Council adopted the ordinances on April 4th, setting the regulations for these marijuana-related businesses.

Applicants must obtain both a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the Planning Division and a Business Operating Permit (BOP) from the Revenue Division in order to operate a non-volatile marijuana manufacturing or testing laboratory business in the City of Sacramento. An approved CUP, or proof of a submitted CUP is a pre-requisite for applying for a BOP.

The City Council also adopted the operating permit fees, which include $30,900 for manufacturing facilities and $15,870 for testing laboratories.

The CUP process carries a separate fee and can range from $16,640 to $33,610 depending on the characteristics of the proposed site.

Manufacturing and testing laboratories will be allowed in specific zones which include C-2, C-4, M-1, M1S, M-2, M-2S, MIP and MRD and required a 600-ft radius from schools and neighborhood and community parks.

A Neighborhood Responsibility Plan is required for Non-Volatile Manufacturing applications, but not for testing laboratories.

For more information on the application process, please contact the City’s Office of Marijuana Policy and Enforcement. (April 9, 2017)

CITY ROLLS OUT ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL FOR MARIJUANA CULTIVATION BUSINESS OPERATING PERMIT

An online permit portal is now available for applicants to submit their Business Operating Permit applications for commercial cultivation.

The user-friendly online portal will allow applicants to provide the same information required on the paper application and upload supporting documents at their convenience. Once the application has been submitted, applicants only need to come to Revenue Division to get fingerprinted and complete a background check.

With an integrated Geographic Information System (GIS), the new portal automatically retrieves and verifies property and owner information on an address, saving the applicants time entering information. It is also the system currently being used by the Planning Division, which will issue the Conditional Use Permit (CUP), making it easier for the City departments to cross-reference property information and route the application through the interdepartmental review chain.

Commercial cultivation applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the convenience of an online application. Not only does the online system reduce the environmental impact of paper, it also provides applicants the ability to monitor the status of their application as it moves through the review process. Applicants will also be able to apply for Business Operating Permits for other marijuana-related businesses in the future as they are approved by the City Council.

A step-by-step guide on how to use the online application portal is available on the Cultivation page. (April 3, 2017)

Proposed Ordinances for Marijuana Manufacturing and Testing Laboratories Up for City Council Vote on April 4

The Sacramento City Council will discuss proposed ordinances for nonvolatile marijuana manufacturing and testing laboratories at its April 4 City Council meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Council Chambers located in New City Hall.

The proposed ordinances, drafted by City staff at the direction of the Law and Legislation Committee in November 2016, will provide the regulatory parameters for businesses that will be involved in the nonvolatile production and testing of marijuana products which include edibles, beverages, oils, and concentrates, among many others.

The proposed ordinances will codify land use and business operating permit requirements for manufacturing and testing laboratories, and specify measures to protect the health and safety of the public.

The City Council is also asked to approve proposed business operating permit fees for manufacturing businesses at $30,900 and testing laboratories at $15,870. If the proposed ordinances are adopted, the City will begin accepting applications for nonvolatile manufacturing and testing on May 4th. (March 30, 2017)

City of Sacramento to Start Accepting Marijuana Cultivation Applications on April 3

The City of Sacramento will start accepting applications for non-residential marijuana cultivation on April 3rd after the City Council lifted the temporary moratorium on cultivation, and approved the remaining components of its cultivation regulations at the March 7th meeting.

In order to operate a cultivation business in the City of Sacramento, both a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and a Business Operating Permit (BOP) are required. An approved CUP, or proof of a submitted CUP application, is a pre-requisite for applying for an operating permit. Applications are now available for download from our Cultivation page.

The City Council also adopted the operating permit fees, which range from $9,700 for cultivation sites with canopy sizes of 5,000 sq. ft. and below, to $28,910 for up to 22,000 sq. ft. of canopy, which is the maximum allowed by State law.

The CUP process carries a separate fee and can range from $16,640 to $33,610 depending on the characteristics of the proposed cultivation site and the level of review the project requires.

At the same meeting, the City Council also approved an administrative review process for applicants with prior criminal convictions, particularly for marijuana activities that are now legal, who would otherwise be unfairly barred from applying for a business permit under the existing regulations.

The Council also approved a sensitive use buffer with a 600 ft. distance requirement from neighborhood and community parks, and an amendment to the cultivation permit term changing it from bi-annual to annual renewals.

For more information on the application process, please contact a member of the City’s Marijuana Policy and Enforcement Team. (March 8, 2017)

City Council to Discuss Remaining Components of Marijuana Cultivation Regulations at March 7 Meeting

The Sacramento City Council will discuss the remaining components of its marijuana cultivation regulations at its March 7 meeting.

These items include the proposed cultivation permit fees, permit term, distance from parks, and criminal history background check for potential cultivators. It will also vote on an ordinance lifting the temporary moratorium currently in place for all cultivation activities in the city. All items were originally scheduled for the February 28 City Council meeting.

If the ordinances pass and the proposed fees are adopted, the City expects to begin accepting cultivation applications on April 3.

A stakeholder meeting is also scheduled for March 2, and participants can choose from two sessions: one at 2-4 pm and another one from 6-8 pm at the City Council Chambers. Both sessions will cover the application process for a Conditional Use Permit and a Business Operating Permit.

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES NEIGHBORHOOD RESPONSIBILITY PLAN

The Sacramento City Council approved the Neighborhood Responsibility Plan policy of the regulations for non-residential marijuana cultivation on January 19, bringing the City one step closer to accepting applications and issuing permits to potential cultivators.

Under the current zoning resolutions for non-residential marijuana cultivation, land owners are required to obtain a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The CUP is the first in a series of steps involved to be able to cultivate in the city. One of the requirements to obtain a CUP is to submit a Neighborhood Responsibility Plan. The resolution approved by the City Council establishes that CUP applicants are allowed to enter into an agreement with the City to satisfy the Neighborhood Responsibility requirement.

Under the agreement, applicants can either agree to contribute 1% of the gross receipts of their marijuana cultivation business, or agree to pay a fee that will be established by a development impact fee study. The proceeds collected pursuant to these agreements will be placed into a marijuana cultivation impact mitigation fund that will be used to alleviate any adverse impacts of marijuana in Sacramento neighborhoods.

The Neighborhood Responsibility Plan policy was one of the issues that the City Council wanted to revisit when it adopted its cultivation ordinance in November 2016. Other outstanding items up for City Council discussion include the lifting of the temporary moratorium on cultivation, the required buffer zones for parks, and criminal history requirements for interested parties, all of which have been recommended for approval by the City’s Law and Legislation Committee.

The City Council is expected to discuss these items at its February 28 meeting.

Media Contact: Zarah Cruz(916) 808-8925