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Alameda County, CA,

Albert Lopez
Planning Director

Commercial Cannabis Regulation in Unincorporated Alameda County

Project Description

Commercial cannabis operations in the State of California are regulated pursuant to a combined scheme for medicinal and adult use under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act ("MAUCRSA"). MAUCRSA provides for a dual licensing scheme: all cannabis business operators obtain permission from their local jurisdiction and from the relevant State of California regulatory agency.

In 2017, the Alameda County Ordinance Code was updated to allow permits for commercial medical cannabis cultivation, retail and delivery operations in the unincorporated area of Alameda County. This update included revisions to the County's existing dispensary ordinance (Chapter 6.108), the addition of a new cultivation ordinance (Chapter 6.106), and revisions to the Zoning Ordinance (Title 17).

In relation to adult use cannabis, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors adopted resolutions in late 2017 allowing the two existing cannabis retailers in unincorporated Alameda County to sell adult use cannabis while the County takes steps to codify commercial adult use cannabis in early 2018.

Additional information regarding commercial cannabis regulation in unincorporated Alameda County is available in relation to the following topics:

Cannabis Cultivation, Retail, and Delivery

  • Ordinances adopted in 2017
  • Summary: What do the 2017 ordinances allow?
  • Requests for Proposals (RFP's) - Cultivation and Dispensaries
  • Adult use cannabis
  • Delivery Permit Applications
  • Meetings and Agendas

Additional Business Types

  • Project Description
  • Proposed ordinance amendments
  • Meetings and Agendas

Staff Contact

Liz McElligott
Alameda County Planning Department
224 West Winton Avenue, Suite 111
Hayward, CA 94544
Phone: (510) 670-5400
Send an email.

If you would like to be included on an email list to receive updates in relation to implementation of the County's cannabis ordinances please provide your name and email address to Liz via the above email link.

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