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Medical Marijuana

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.

AB 243 amended or added to the Business and Professions Code, Fish and Game Code, Health and Safety Code, and Water Code, establishing a regulatory and licensing structure for cultivation sites under the Department of Food and Agriculture. The state law allows local municipalities to adopt local law to prohibit or regulate the cultivation of marijuana for medical use (qualified patients may not exceed 100 square feet for personal use only).  The City’s zoning code prohibits cultivation.  

AB 266 amended or added to Business and Professions Code, Government Code, Health and Safety Code, Labor Code, and Revenue and Taxation Code establishing the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) for the licensure and regulation of medical marijuana and would establish within the Department of Consumer Affairs the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. The bill requires the Board of Equalization, in consultation with the Department of Food and Agriculture, to adopt a system for reporting the movement of commercial cannabis and cannabis products, and imposes certain fines and civil penalties for violations.

SB 643 amended or added to Business and Professions Code establishing standards for a physician and surgeon prescribing medical cannabis.  The bill also requires the Bureau of Medical Marijuana to require an applicant to furnish a full set of fingerprints for the purposes of conducting criminal history record checks, and make a violation of this prohibition a misdemeanor. The bill authorizes counties to impose a tax upon specified cannabis-related activity and establishes a state licensing structure.

On March 8, 2016, the City Council appointed a Medical Marijuana Stakeholder and Expert Group (MMSEG) who will serve in an advisory capacity to the City Manager to provide insight and feedback about patient and community needs, cultivation, delivery, manufacturing and testing. MMSEG meetings will be noticed and open to the public. 

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