Medical Cannabis Program
Led by a subcommittee of Supervisor Connolly and myself, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance in November of 2017 to allow limited licensing of medical cannabis delivery-only retailers in the unincorporated areas of the county. All other medicinal cannabis activities are prohibited in unincorporated Marin. Applications are currently under review.
The ordinance is intended to expand options for accessing medical cannabis, consistent with the voter-approved Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (which passed in Marin with 73% of the vote) and the state's Medical Cannabis Program which was signed into law by the Governor in the fall of 2015.
The ordinance will provide patients access (through delivery only) to medical cannabis while providing the regulations and structure that have been lacking to allow medical cannabis dispensaries to operate and provide care in a regulated and safe manner.
Adult Use Cannabis Program
On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). This initiative legalizes non-medical use of marijuana (cannabis) by adults 21 years and older, establishes a regulatory framework for licensing cannabis businesses, and imposes state taxes on its sales and cultivation.
Local governments are empowered to ban the sale of cannabis or to restrict where cannabis businesses could be located. Approvals from state and local government are required for cannabis to be sold for adult use.
The County of Marin does not currently accept, approve, license, or authorize any commercial nonmedical cannabis business. Violators may be subject to civil penalties, fines, and arrest.
For more information and to subscribe to receive updates on either program visit the County's Cannabis Programs page website.