City of Sonoma’s Notification of Cannabis Ordinance

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Commercial Cannabis Ordinance Passed

On June 24, 2019, the City Council conducted a second reading and adopted an Ordinance adding Chapter 5.36 to the Sonoma Municipal Code (Ordinance 03-2019) permitting and regulating commercial cannabis businesses. This ordinance will go into effect on July 24, 2019. In summary, the following types and number of cannabis business are permitted in the City with a Commercial Cannabis Business Permit (CCBP):

Dispensary or Retailer – maximum of one (1).
Non-Store Front Retail Business – maximum of one (1).
Testing laboratory – maximum of one (1).
Manufacturing – maximum of one (1) (State License Type N or P only).

On June 30, 2019, the City Council conducted a second reading and adopted an Ordinance amending Title 19 of the Sonoma Municipal Code relating to commercial cannabis businesses and to permit such uses in specified zoning districts in coordination with the adoption of the new Commercial Cannabis Ordinance amending Title 5 of the Sonoma Municipal Code. This ordinance will go into effect on July 30, 2019.

Next Steps: City Council will adopt criteria for submittal requirements and the adoption of processing fees. This process is anticipated to be completed by October 2019.

For more information, background and to subscribe to email updates when Cannabis Regulation Updates are added, please visit the Cannabis Regulation Page.