Cannabis (Marijuana) Regulations

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With the passing of Proposition 64 legalizing the use of cannabis for both medicinal and non-medicinal use in California, the City has begun the process of determining what the future of cannabis will look like in Novato. Our goal is to collect information through workshops, surveys and public hearings that will help shape the policies and regulations related to cannabis.

As of January 1, 2018, all non-medicinal cannabis businesses must have a state license to operate. However, a state license may not be issued to businesses which violate the provisions of any local ordinance or regulation. Local ordinances can regulate outdoor cultivation, retailers, dispensaries, and delivery services for cannabis.

Community Outreach & Engagement

As part of our community outreach to develop our local ordinance(s), City staff will conduct a series of community workshops to provide an overview of the cannabis industry, discuss current laws and regulations, explain the roles of code enforcement and law enforcement, respond to community questions and feedback, and get community feedback to identify key issues and concerns.

Join the conversation and take our online survey to share your input on policies and regulations related to cannabis.

See the Community Meetings & Workshops section on this page for meeting topics, dates, times and locations.

Background Information

The passing of Proposition 64 legalized the use of both medicinal and non-medicinal cannabis consumption and sales for adult-use. In response to Prop. 64, the City of Novato adopted a moratorium (Ordinance No. 1629 & Ordinance No. 1633) that prohibits all outdoor and indoor cultivation of cannabis, excluding the exception under Prop. 64 that permits the cultivation of six (6) plants indoors for personal use (subject to the property owners permission). Additionally under these ordinances, the City provides an exception to the moratorium for CB Labs, Liposome Formulations, and deliveries of medicinal cannabis from out-of-city businesses.

The current moratorium is scheduled to expire November 15, 2018. Prior to the expiration of the moratorium, staff will collect input and feedback from the community through meetings, workshops and surveys for the creation of a permanent ordinance and regulations to be considered by the Novato City Council.

Contact Info

Michael Antwine
Assistant City Manager

Bryan Lopez
Management Analyst


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