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Medical Marijuana

Updated: December 27, 2017

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 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 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.

The City Council also directed staff to return with a study session as early as feasible in 2018 to provide staff direction on how to proceed with adult use businesses.

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
(707) 648-4362