The City is interested in receiving your feedback and recommendations about adult use (recreational) marijuana in Vallejo.
On December 12, 2017, the City Council took several actions adopting ordinances related to medical marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and distribution. The City Council also directed staff to return for a study session, scheduled for February 6, 2018, to discuss adult-use or recreational marijuana. Currently, there exists 11 permitted medical marijuana dispensaries in Vallejo. The City is seeking your feedback and recommendations on whether adult-use marijuana businesses should be allowed in Vallejo.
In July 2015, the City Council adopted an ordinance adding Chapter 7.100 to the Vallejo Municipal Code establishing requirements for limited immunity from civil prosecution for land-use violations for medical marijuana dispensaries. In October 2015, the state legislature adopted the Medical Marijuana Regulation & Safety Act (now MCRSA). The Act protects local control and taxing of medical marijuana activity while establishing statewide regulations.
An ad hoc Medical Marijuana Stakeholder and Expert Group (MMSEG) representing the MMD industry, patients and the greater Vallejo community was appointed by City Council on March 8, 2016. MMSEG has provided input to staff about community concerns, and patient and business desire related to cultivation, manufacturing, delivery and testing of marijuana. MMSEG meetings were noticed and open to the public consistent with the Brown Act.
In November 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, the Adult Use Marijuana Act (AUMA), making marijuana use for recreational purposes legal. On December 13, 2016, the City Council received a legislative update on the provisions of AUMA, and highlighting local control of recreational marijuana operations including retail and dispensing, as well as cultivation, delivery, distribution, manufacturing, and testing.
Recent changes to State law come with the passage of SB 94 in June 2017, the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulatory and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), which eliminated a number of differences between the Medical Cannabis Regulatory and Safety Act (MCRSA) and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA, Proposition 64). MAUCRSA preserves the authority of cities to adopt business and land use regulations for commercial marijuana business activities or ban them altogether. It defines a range of business license types, including: retailers, cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, transporters and testing laboratories. The State began issuing temporary licenses for marijuana activities on January 1, 2018.
On June 7, 2017, the City Council held a special meeting to provide policy direction to staff on marijuana businesses in Vallejo and formed a Marijuana Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee of the City Council to direct further amendments. Following this meeting, and after several meeting with the Ad-Hoc Committee, a post on Open City Hall and a public meeting, an Ordinance was introduced to the City Council on August 22, 2017 amending VMC Chapter 7.100 related to medical marijuana dispensing for the purpose of providing permits to those in possession of a limited immunity letter.
On December 12, 2017, the City Council took three actions to adopt ordinances amending the Vallejo Municipal Code (VMC) for marijuana uses. VMC Chapter 7.100 on medical marijuana dispensing, Chapter 7.200 regulating medical marijuana cultivation, distribution and manufacturing, and Title 16 establishing medical marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and distribution uses within particular zones/general plan designations that became effective January 1, 2018 for existing medical marijuana dispensary operators in possession of a permit to operate.
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