Commercial Cannabis

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While California legalized cannabis (marijuana) with the passage of Proposition 64 in 2016, it is up to each municipality to decide if and how commercial cannabis retail, manufacturing, cultivation, events, and testing should be conducted in their communities. To date, the City of Monterey has not allowed for commercial cannabis retail, manufacturing, or cultivation. In our region, the cities of Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, and Marina, and the County of Monterey (unincorporated areas of Carmel, Big Sur, Moss Landing, et al.) have allowed commercial cannabis operations. In 2020, the City of Monterey began to consider a change in policy that

While California legalized cannabis (marijuana) with the passage of Proposition 64 in 2016, it is up to each municipality to decide if and how commercial cannabis retail, manufacturing, cultivation, events, and testing should be conducted in their communities. To date, the City of Monterey has not allowed for commercial cannabis retail, manufacturing, or cultivation. In our region, the cities of Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, and Marina, and the County of Monterey (unincorporated areas of Carmel, Big Sur, Moss Landing, et al.) have allowed commercial cannabis operations. In 2020, the City of Monterey began to consider a change in policy that could allow commercial cannabis activity.

At the December 1, 2020 City Council Meeting, staff provided a Roadmap to Cannabis, with the goal of "Getting it Right the First Time." The sections and links on this page provide an outline for commercial cannabis in the City of Monterey and are based on the road map foundation.

On December 15, 2020, the City Council passed a new ordinance amending the City Code to allow agricultural testing laboratories (including cannabis testing) as a conditionally permitted use in the I-R Zoning District. Basically, this will allow prospective testing laboratories to apply for a conditional use permit for cannabis testing labs. The City Planning Commission reviews use permits through a public hearing process that includes public noticing and meetings. This new law is effective on January 14, 2021.

For more background on California Cannabis Legislation, please visit the California Cannabis Portal at https://cannabis.ca.gov/ While the legislation begins at the state level, each City has the opportunity to enact its own Cannabis laws and regulations based on many factors, including what's the best for a particular community as a whole. The City of Monterey began this process in 2018.


  • City of Monterey Town Halls on Commercial Cannabis

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    13 Jan 2021

    The City of Monterey will host two virtual town halls to solicit feedback about cannabis operations within the City of Monterey, Tuesday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Residents can register at haveyoursaymonterey.org/cannabis. Parallel, the City is also launching a new web-based engagement platform called, Have Your Say Monterey, at haveyoursaymonterey.org which features a community survey about cannabis operations. A mail in version of the survey will be also sent at the end of January via USPS to all households in Monterey to allow residents to submit their opinion and views via traditional mail. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF // FLYERS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH

    The City of Monterey will host two virtual town halls to solicit feedback about cannabis operations within the City of Monterey, Tuesday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Residents can register at haveyoursaymonterey.org/cannabis. Parallel, the City is also launching a new web-based engagement platform called, Have Your Say Monterey, at haveyoursaymonterey.org which features a community survey about cannabis operations. A mail in version of the survey will be also sent at the end of January via USPS to all households in Monterey to allow residents to submit their opinion and views via traditional mail. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF // FLYERS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH

  • Online Cannabis Survey Launched

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    08 Jan 2021

    The online cannabis survey has been launched! This online survey will complement a printed survey that will be sent to Monterey voters around January 30, 2021. Please complete this online survey by February 7, 2021.

    The online cannabis survey has been launched! This online survey will complement a printed survey that will be sent to Monterey voters around January 30, 2021. Please complete this online survey by February 7, 2021.

  • Cannabis Town Hall Meetings Announced

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    07 Jan 2021

    The City of Monterey is announcing two virtual town hall meetings in late January to discuss the topic of commercial cannabis. We encourage residents, business operators, and all interested parties to join us!

    January 26, 2021
    Cannabis Town Hall - Morning Session

    Register now(External link) for the Cannabis Town Hall Meeting on January 26 at 10:30 a.m.


    January 28, 2021
    Cannabis Town Hall - Evening Session

    Register now(External link) for the Cannabis Town Hall, Evening Session scheduled for January 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

    The City of Monterey is announcing two virtual town hall meetings in late January to discuss the topic of commercial cannabis. We encourage residents, business operators, and all interested parties to join us!

    January 26, 2021
    Cannabis Town Hall - Morning Session

    Register now(External link) for the Cannabis Town Hall Meeting on January 26 at 10:30 a.m.


    January 28, 2021
    Cannabis Town Hall - Evening Session

    Register now(External link) for the Cannabis Town Hall, Evening Session scheduled for January 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.