CANNABIS REGULATIONS

WHAT IS CANNABIS?

Cannabis refers to all parts and varieties of the cannabis plant. Cannabis is also commonly referred to as marijuana, pot, or weed. Commercial cannabis includes medical or non-medical/adult-use cannabis and associated products.

CANNABIS BUSINESSES IN mountain view

On October 2, 2018, the City Council held a public hearing to consider the adoption of cannabis business regulations. Council introduced the ordinances and approved the resolutions to create cannabis business regulations and allow a maximum of four (4) cannabis businesses, consisting of two (2) storefront retail and two (2) nonstorefront retail cannabis businesses in Mountain View. 

The Second Reading of the introduced ordinances is scheduled for October 23, 2018. All public hearing materials can be found in the links below. 

The application period for the cannabis business will be set following the effective date of the ordinances and will be posted on this webpage. Applications will not be accepted until the application period.

No cannabis businesses currently have permits to operate within Mountain View.


PERSONAL POSSESSION AND CONSUMPTION

Medical and adult-use personal cannabis possession and use is legal in Mountain View under the following circumstances:

Age: 21 and older
Limits: 28.5 grams of non-concentrated cannabis (such as dried flower) or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis products or 6 plants

Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and may result in a DUI conviction. Cannabis use is illegal in public. This includes smoking, vaping, ingesting edibles, etc. Cannabis use is further prohibited in the following locations:

• Where tobacco smoke is prohibited (Chapter 21 of Mountain View City Code)
• While driving or riding in vehicle
• At or near schools, day-care centers, or youth centers where children are present
• At City-owned facilities (indoor or outdoor)
• Near building entrances

personal cultivation

A private residence is permitted to grow no more than six plants for personal use. Indoor and outdoor personal cultivation is permitted at a private residence and must be in a locked space and not visible from a public place. Any building, fire, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical installation must receive the required permits prior to installation.

Landlords retain the right to prohibit cannabis cultivation on their properties.

state regulations

California voters legalized adult-use cannabis by approving Proposition 64 in November 2016. While personal adult-use cannabis activity became immediately legal upon the passage of Proposition 64, commercial cannabis activity requires a State license. On January 1, 2018, the Bureau of Cannabis Control began issuing temporary commercial cannabis licenses; however, local jurisdictions retain the ability to prohibit and regulate all commercial cannabis activity.

upcoming events:

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING 

October 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible

Mountain View Civic Center
Council Chambers
500 Castro Street, Mountain View

The City Council will hold a second reading of the amendments to Chapter 9 and Chapter 36 of the City Code for the adoption of cannabis regulations approved by the City Council at a Public Hearing on October 2, 2018.

The Staff Report will be available the Friday before the hearing here.

Community Survey

Thank you to the 1,595 people who responded to the Cannabis Community Survey in February 2018. Results of the survey can be found here.

prior public meetings:

  • Study Session Regarding Regulation of Commercial Marijuana Activities
    • City Council Public Hearing on December 5, 2017. Meeting agenda and staff report is available online (item 6.1).
  • Temporary Moratorium Prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity 
    • City Council Public Hearing on January 16, 2018. Meeting agenda and staff report is available online (item 6.1).
  • Adoption of an Ordinance Extending the Temporary Moratorium Prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity
    • City Council Public Hearing on January 16, 2018. Meeting agenda and staff report is available online (item 6.1).
  • Community Outreach Meeting
    • Thank you to the nearly 100 people who attended the Cannabis Community Meeting on February 15, 2018. Written comments and responses to questions not answered in the Q&A Session at the meeting are available here.
  • Study Session Regarding the Development of Commercial Cannabis Regulations
    • EPC Study Session on March 21, 2018. Meeting agenda and staff report is available online (item 5.1).
  •  Study Session Regarding the Development of Commercial Cannabis Regulations
    • City Council Study Session on May 8, 2018. Meeting agenda and staff report is available online (item 3.1). 
  • Study Session Regarding the Development of Commercial Cannabis Regulations
    • EPC Public Hearing on September 5, 2018. Meeting agenda and staff report is available online (item 5.2).
  • Adoption of an Ordinance for the Establishment of Cannabis Regulations
    • City Council Public Hearing on October 2, 2018. Meeting agenda and staff report is available online (item 6.1).

If you have questions or comments about commercial cannabis, please contact Clarissa Burke by phone at (650) 903-6306 or by email at clarissa.burke@mountainview.gov. 

Para información en español acerca de esta solicitud, comuníquese al (650) 903-6145.

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