Appeals to Medical Cannabis License Application Denials

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 5/23/2017


No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will conduct a public hearing to consider resolutions denying eight applicant-initiated appeals of the County Administrator’s decision denying medical cannabis dispensary license applications. On April 10, the County Administrator's Office issued a decision denying all 10 of the applications, finding that none had an acceptable combination of an experienced, qualified operator matched with a location that can accommodate the proposed dispensary's business plan without significant neighborhood impacts. Eight applicants appealed. Upon review of the arguments presented in the appeals, the Community Development Agency (CDA) found that the applicants/appellants have failed to meet the established standards of the County ordinance. Should the Board uphold the County Administrator's decision, CDA staff would continue to work with the Board's medical cannabis subcommittee, comprised of Supervisors Arnold and Connolly, to explore alternative approaches to selecting and regulating medical dispensaries that would meet the Board's primary objectives to expand patient access to safe medical cannabis locally.


The Board upheld the County Administrator's decision to deny the applications. (One applicant withdrew its appeal earlier this week, leaving seven appeals).

Need more info? See the staff report about the medical cannabis dispensary license applications.

Contact: Tom Lai, Assistant Director, Community Development Agency

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