(Amended by Ord. No. 187,095, Eff. 7/1/21.)
In November 2016, the people of the State of California voted to approve Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which decriminalized certain activities related to non-medical cannabis in California. Subsequently, the State enacted the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act to establish a system to control and regulate the cultivation, distribution, transport, storage, manufacturing, processing and sale of both medicinal and recreational cannabis. The AUMA also provided for State licensing of commercial cannabis businesses, starting January 1, 2018. State law requires city approval in order to obtain a State License. The City desires to create a licensing system for certain cannabis-related businesses. Therefore, the City has created a Department of Cannabis Regulation and a Cannabis Regulation Commission to implement this article and otherwise coordinate administration of the requirements of this article.