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California State law allows local governments to regulate commercial cannabis activities in their respective jurisdictions. On May 12, 2020, Santa Clara City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2018, which prohibits all commercial cannabis activities within the City of Santa Clara. Ordinance No. 2018 is effective June 12, 2020. The City’s temporary ban on commercial cannabis activities is effective until June 30, 2020.

Click here to view Ordinance No. 2018

Background: The Status of Medical/Recreational Cannabis

On June 27, 2016, the State enacted the Medical Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act (MCRSA) to protect residents’ use of medical cannabis and to establish regulations for personal and commercial medical cannabis activity.

On June 27, 2016, the State enacted the Medical Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act (MCRSA) to protect residents’ use of medical cannabis and to establish regulations for personal and commercial medical cannabis activity.

On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) to regulate personal and commercial non-medical marijuana activity. Proposition 64 passed by a State-wide margin of 57%, with 50.5% support in Santa Clara County, and 55.8% support in the City of Santa Clara.

SB 94, the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), combined and unified regulations for both medicinal and non-medicinal commercial cannabis activities and the personal use of cannabis. Click this link to view SB 94: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB94

On January 1, 2018 the State began issuing temporary commercial licenses for medicinal and non-medicinal cannabis.

City Council Meetings and Public Engagement and Outreach Efforts

Below is a timeline of the various meetings, actions, and efforts that took place as the City of Santa Clara considered implementing a commercial cannabis program.  

Measure M

In July 2018, City Council took action to adopt Resolutions to call a Special Election to submit two ballot measures to the voters of Santa Clara. Measure M, also known as the "City of Santa Clara Commercial Cannabis Activity Measure" regarding a proposed cannabis business tax, was one of those two ballot measures. Measure M passed on November 6, 2018.

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