Cannabis Knowledge & Insights

Breaking News from Contra Costa County, Sacramento, American Canyon

This week we have cannabis updates from Contra Costa County, Sacramento and American Canyon.  In addition, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Planning Branch released a new document AND the details of six cannabis informational workshops that will be held throughout California in September.  Let’s get to it!

  • Contra Costa County is revising some parts of their County Cannabis Ordinance. These revisions will include potentially re-zoning the unincorporated Knightsen area in the Cannabis Exclusion Combining District.
    • The revisions also amend the verbiage that requires a land use permit issued for a vertically-integrated business that includes both storefront retail and commercial cultivation.  Now, it will not count towards the 10-permit limit for commercial cultivation.
    • The revisions will also require cannabis delivery businesses located outside of unincorporated Contra Costa County to possess a current County health permit.
  • Sacramento recently launched a program called CORE, a social equity program similar to others we’ve seen in Los Angeles and elsewhere. This program targets individuals or communities that need assistance starting cannabis business largely due to the disproportionate enforcement of cannabis regulation aimed at certain communities.  The CORE program has strict requirements for entry. You can find the qualifications and complete approval process on Sacramento’s city website.
  • American Canyon approved a first reading regarding an ordinance that will allow for indoor commercial cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, retail non-storefront, testing labs, and microbusinesses. The second reading is expected soon, and we will keep you updated on the date and outcome of this second reading.
  • The California Department of Fish & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Planning Branch released a lengthy PDF that details the potential impact cannabis may have on wildlife and fish.  If you’d like to take a look, you can review the full document here.

One last important update…

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division is holding six public workshops in September. The goal of these workshops is to gather input and establish more organized rules for the CalCannabis Appellations Project.  All participants can share suggestions in person or in writing. The focus of these workshops is only on appellations—not any other aspect of the cannabis cultivation licensing process.

All workshops are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., except the Sacramento location, which is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Here is the schedule of the 6 workshops so you can find one in your area.

  • Monday, September 10 – Mendocino County
    Ukiah Valley Conference Center, Chenin Blanc Room
    200 South School Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
    4 p.m. to 7 p.m
  • Wednesday, September 12 – Humboldt County
    Sequoia Conference Center, Sequoia Room B
    901 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka, CA 95501
    4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 19 – Sacramento County
    California Department of Food and Agriculture, Auditorium
    1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, September 24 – Riverside County
    University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Center, Building B114-B117
    75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
    4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 25 – Santa Barbara County
    Location TBD; please check the CalCannabis website for updates.
    4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 26 – Monterey County
    Monterey Conference Center, Colton Room
    1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
    4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You can find further details about the workshops on the CalCannabis website.

If you would like specific information about obtaining a license from one of the cities listed above, or a different city in California, ask GreenGrowth CPAs how we can help: