The City is interested in receiving your feedback and recommendations about retail of cannabis in Vallejo.
On February 6, 2018, the City Council held a study session on cannabis in Vallejo to provide direction to staff on adult-use or recreational sales. Subsequently, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1785 N.C. (2d) on February 27, 2018 to allow the 11 Medical Marijuana dispensaries in possession of a permit to operate as of October 1, 2017 to dispense and distribute recreational purposes, and deliver. Just prior, on December 12, 2017, and amended May 22, 2018, the City Council approved adopted regulations within the zoning code to allow the 11 cannabis retailers in Vallejo to cultivate, manufacture and distribute within three intensive use districts in Vallejo.
The purpose of this forum is to seek feedback on where to allow retail sales of cannabis within Vallejo and what site standards should be applied to support and maintain the character of identified districts.
Retailers are permitted in their current locations, despite the fact that they are not allowed under the zoning code. View the map below or here. The anticipated changes would transition retailers to the same zoning requirements as other like retail businesses.
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 Cannabis 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 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 cannabis use for recreational purposes legal. On December 13, 2016, the City Council received a legislative update on the provisions of AUMA, highlighting local control of recreational cannabis operations including retail, as well as cultivation, delivery, distribution, manufacturing, and testing.
Recent changes to State law came 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 defined a range of business license types, including: retailers, cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, transporters and testing laboratories. The State began issuing temporary licenses for cannabis activities on January 1, 2018.
On June 7, 2017, the City Council held a special meeting to provide policy direction to staff on cannabis 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 cannabis uses. VMC Chapter 7.100 on 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 dispensary operators in possession of a permit to operate. These code were amended on May 22, 2018 to permit adult-use.
On September 11, 2018, the City Council approved amendments to Chapter 7.100 to permit operators to infuse, package and relabel cannabis product at their dispensaries.
Following public outreach and Planning Commission review in October and November, in December 2018 it is anticipated that the City Council will consider amendments to the Vallejo Municipal Code for the addition of dispensing (including the September 12, 2018 Emergency Ordinance No. 1803 N.C. 2d amending Chapter 7.100 of the Vallejo Municipal Code and packaging, and any additional items as approved in advance by the City Council), the sale of businesses and relocation, and design guidelines. Ultimately, the proposed amendments to come will allow operators to sell their businesses, move to appropriately zoned districts, support and maintain the character of identified districts through the implementation of design guidelines, and maintain a dual-permitting approach to regulate use types. Staff anticipates the following, tentative, schedule:
October 10 - Meeting with the Operators
October 11 - Community Meeting
October 15 - Planning Commission Study Session
October 19 - Notice of Intent to Amend the Zoning Code (Planning Commission)
October 20 - Community Meeting
November 1 - Meeting with the Operators
November 19 - Planning Commission
November 21 - Notice of Intent to Amend the Zoning Code (City Council)
December 11 - City Council
December 18 - City Council (second reading, if necessary)