It is the purpose and intent of this article to implement the provisions of the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”) to accommodate the needs of medically-ill persons in need of and provide access to cannabis for medicinal purposes as recommended by their health care provider(s), and to provide access to adult-use for persons over the age of 21 as authorized by the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use Cannabis Act (“AUMA” or “Proposition 64" enacted by California voters in 2016), while imposing sensible regulations on the use of land to protect the city’s residents, neighborhoods, and businesses from disproportionately negative impacts. As such, it is the purpose and intent of this article to regulate the cultivation, processing, manufacturing testing, sale, delivery, distribution and transportation of cannabis and cannabis products in a responsible manner to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the City of Oxnard and to enforce rules and regulations consistent with State law. It is the further purpose and intent of this article to require all commercial cannabis operators to obtain and renew annually a permit to operate within the City of Oxnard. Nothing in this article is intended to authorize the possession, use, or provision of cannabis for purposes that violate State or federal law. The provisions of this article are in addition to any other permits, licenses and approvals which may be required to conduct business in the city, and are in addition to any permits, licenses and approval required under State, city, or other law.
(Ord. No. 2960, 2994)