Medicinal Cannabis Ordinance

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 11/14/2017


No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will consider an ordinance for medicinal cannabis delivery-only retailer licensing and prohibiting all other medicinal cannabis commercial activities requiring a state license. In April, the County Administrator's Office denied all 10 of applications for medicinal cannabis business licenses, finding that no applicants 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 but the Board upheld the appeal. The County debuted a draft of a new medicinal cannabis ordinance in September following extensive feedback from the public and the Board, then amended the draft ordinance after a public workshop. The first reading of the ordinance took place October 31. The ordinance only affects medicinal cannabis regulations in the unincorporated areas of Marin.

Also, the Board will conduct a first reading for amending Marin County Code Chapter 6.83 and repealing Chapters 6.84 and 6.85 regarding use of marijuana for medical purposes. Staff recommends that the Board schedule a merit hearing for December 5.


The Board approved the medicinal cannabis delivery-only retailer licensing ordinance and conducted the first reading to for the County Code amendments. The merit hearing for the repeal of the old ordinance is set for 1:30 p.m. December 5.

Need more info? See the staff report about medicinal cannabis dispensary licensing.

Contact: Tom Lai, Assistant Director, Community Development Agency

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