Cannabis

The City of Vallejo is not accepting applications for any cannabis operations. 

 

Updated December 7, 2018

Following public outreach and Planning Commission review in October and November (as described below), on December 11, 2018, it is anticipated that the City Council will consider amendments to the Vallejo Municipal Code for the addition of retail sales of cannabis to Title 16, the City's Zoning Code, an amortizations period for operators to come into compliance with land-use regulations and elimination on the prohibition of relocation and transfer/sale of businesses.  The staff report is available here.  Ultimately, the proposed amendments 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. 

Community engagement and outreach:

Open City Hall Topic for Comment is available here.
 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 - tentative)
January 17 - Ordinances takes effect (tentative)

Most recent ordinances amending the Vallejo Municipal Code:

Chapter 7.100
Chapter 7.200
Title 16

On September 11, 2018, the City Council approved amendments to Chapter 7.100 to permit operators to infuse, package and relabel marijuana product at their dispensaries.  On October 9, 2018, the City Council approved amendments to Chapter 7.100 to perform limited extraction activities at marijuana dispensaries. 

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.  These amendments came following the February 6, 2018 City Council study session on adult-use or “recreational” marijuana business in Vallejo. 

On May 22, 2018, the City Council adopted zoning code amendments to add "recreational" marijuana to the existing allowed uses of medical marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution in zoning districts IU, IU-L, and PDI.   The existing allowed uses in the three zones were approved by Council in December 2017. 

Additionally, on July 10, 2018, the White White Slough Specific Plan area was amended to allow future retail of cannabis, and to allow the  manufacturing, cultivation, and distribution in the northern part of the area. 

On December 12, 2017, the City Council took five actions:

Adopting three emergency ordinances amending the Vallejo Municipal Code (VMC) Chapter 7.100 on medical marijuana dispensingChapter 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 to become effective January 1, 2018. 

Adopted a Resolution extending the Marijuana Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee through August 30, 2018.  

Adopted a Resolution establishing marijuana business fees.A Medical Marijuana Stakeholder and Expert Group (MMSEG) meeting was held on November 28, 2017, where staff presented the proposed ordinances and received feedback from MMSEG and community members.  Following the meeting, slight modifications were made to the ordinances based on comments during the meeting.

On November 6, 2017, the Planning Commission adopted a Resolution with finding the proposed Title 16 Ordinance Amendments to be consistent with the General Plan 2040.  

On June 7, 2017, the City Council held a special meeting to provide policy direction to staff on marijuana business in Vallejo and formed an Ad-Hoc Committee of the City Council to develop draft policy documents.

After much discussion of the Ad-Hoc Committee, it was determined that addressing modifications to the Vallejo Municipal Code is best done in a phased approach.  The first, ordinance 1770 N.C. (2d) Amending Chapter 7.1 of the Municipal Code Regarding Requirements for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries was adopted on September 12, 2017 for the purpose of providing regulatory permits to the eleven medical marijuana dispensaries in possession of limited immunity from civil prosecution of land-use violation.

An information update on phase two (Code Text Amendment to Title 16, the City's Zoning Code) was provided to the Planning Commission on October 16 in advance of a Public Hearing on November 6.

On November 6, 2017, the Planning Commission adopted a Resolution finding an ordinance amending the Vallejo Municipal Code (VMC) Title 16 Zoning for three medical marijuana use types, cultivation, manufacturing and distribution to be consistent with the General Plan.   A link to the Planning Commission packet is available here

In June 2017, the Governor signed SB 94, creating the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulatory and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).

On May 9, 2017, the City of Vallejo has announced a Special Study Session, on the topic of Marijuana, has been scheduled for June 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  The special meeting will take place in Council Chambers located in City Hall, 555 Santa Clara Street.  

On July 28, 2015, the City Council adopted an ordinance adding Chapter 7.100 to the Vallejo Municipal Code pertaining to requirements for limited immunity from civil prosecution for medical marijuana dispensaries.

In October 2015, the state legislature passed three bills to regulate medical marijuana. These bills affect state and local government licensing and permitting of medical marijuana businesses, attempt to protect local control of the medical marijuana industry and create a statewide framework for additional oversight of industry practices.


City Contact Information:
Joanna Altman
Assistant to the City Manager
Joanna.Altman@CityofVallejo.net
(707) 648-4362