On November 28, 2017, City Council adopted an ordinance authorizing one medical cannabis retailer and one cannabis testing laboratory, with certain restrictions. The ordinance was adopted after several months of research by staff, input from a contracted consultant, and public participation.
The City's ordinance permits one commercial medicinal dispensary and one testing laboratory. All other types of cannabis commercial operations are banned by the City. Violations of the ordinances may subject persons responsible to civil or criminal fines and penalties.
The Ordinance provides initial guidelines for an application and selection process with applicants to be evaluated on a point based system to be approved by City Council Resolution. In addition, the Ordinance requires that a resolution be adopted to establish fees for the application and annual renewal process.
As of November 9, 2016, it became legal for any adult 21 years or older to:
Possess, transport, obtain or give away to other adults 21 or older no more than one ounce of cannabis or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis.
Cultivate up to six plants per residence and possess the cannabis produced by these plants. All plants and harvest in excess of one ounce must be kept in a locked space not in public view at one’s residence. Local governments may still forbid cultivation outdoors, but must allow it inside a private residence or accessory structure that is fully enclosed and secure.
Medical cannabis patients keep their existing rights under Prop 215 and subsequent State adopted regulations and pursuant to local law and PROP 64’s allowance for 6 plants.
Under Prop 64, you may NOT:
Consume cannabis in any public place ($100 infraction) (On-site consumption at licensed premises will be permitted at a later date) or in violation of any standards in the City’s Smoking Ordinance
Smoke or vaporize cannabis in any non-smoking area or within 1,000 feet of a school, day care or youth center while children are present, except privately at a residence. ($250 fine)
Consume cannabis or possess an open container of marijuana while driving or riding as a passenger in any motor vehicle, boat, or airplane ($250 fine)
Possess or use cannabis on the grounds of a school, day care or youth center while children are present. ($100 fine)
Manufacture concentrated cannabis with a volatile solvent (except for state-licensed manufacturers)
Minors under 21 may not possess, use, transport, or cultivate cannabis, subject to a $100 fine for those 18 and older. Minors under 18 are subject to drug counseling or community service
Possession of more than one ounce remains a misdemeanor punishable by $500 and/or six months in jail as at present. Other offenses, including cultivation of over six plants, transport of over an ounce, illegal sale or distribution for compensation, possession with intent to sell, etc., are downgraded from felonies to misdemeanors except in certain aggravating circumstances
Rights NOT protected by Prop 64:
Owners may forbid the possession or use of cannabis on their property subject to normal tenant law for renters
Employers may prohibit use of cannabis by their employees