CANNABIS REGULATIONS

In Spring 2019, the City Council amended the cannabis regulations in Mountain View to permit a maximum number of three (3) nonstorefront retail cannabis businesses in the City. All other cannabis businesses are prohibited in Mountain View. No cannabis business currently has permits to operate within the City of Mountain View.

Current Cannabis Ordinances and Resolutions 
Ord. No. 8.19 Reso. No. 18348
Ord. No. 10.18 Reso. No. 18349
Ord. No. 10.19
 
Reso. No. 18347 
Reso. No. 18337
 

Cannabis Business Applications

PHASE 1: Cannabis Business Screening Application 

Three (3) specific businesses have been authorized to submit during this application period.

Application Period Start: September 9, 2019 at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time

Application Period Deadline: November 8, 2019 by 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

PHASE 2: Application Selection Lottery

The Application Selection Lottery will be held for all eligible applications at a regularly scheduled Administrative Zoning Public Hearing, anticipated in December 2019 or January 2020. 

PHASE 3: Planning Application

One (1) specific business has been authorized to submit a Planning Application.

Other helpful resources can be found on the City's Zoning and Application Forms & Fees webpages.

PHASE 4: Conditions of Approval 

An approved Planning Permit will include conditions of approval, which may include ongoing operational conditions or conditions that must be satisfied prior to specific milestones. 

 
 
 

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.

Can I use Cannabis in 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 commercial cannabis licenses; however, local jurisdictions retain the ability to prohibit and regulate all commercial cannabis activity.

Prior Cannabis regulations

In Fall of 2018, the City Council adopted regulations permitting cannabis retail business in Mountain View through the following ordinances and resolutions:

The City Council approved permitting a total of four (4) cannabis businesses, consisting of two (2) storefront retail and two (2) nonstorefront retail cannabis businesses.

Community Survey and Meeting

A Cannabis Community Survey was circulated in early 2018 and 1,595 people responded in February 2018. Results of the survey can be found here. Additionally, a Community Meeting was held on February 15, 2018, where approximately 100 people attended. Written comments and responses to questions not answered in the Q&A Session at the meeting are available here.

Prior public meetings

The following public meetings occurred regarding regulations of commercial marijuana activities:

  • 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).
  • 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). 
  • Adoption of an Ordinance for the Establishment of Cannabis Regulations
    • City Council Public Hearing on October 23, 2018. Meeting agenda and staff report is available online (Item 4.2). 
  • Discussion of Potential Amendments to Cannabis Regulations
    • City Council Public Hearing on March 5, 2019. Meeting agenda and staff report is available online (Item 7.1). 
  • Amendments to Existing Cannabis Regulations
    • EPC Public Hearing on April 24, 2019. Meeting agenda and staff report is available online (Item 5.1).
    • City Council Public Hearing on May 23, 2019. Meeting agenda and staff report is available online (Item 6.1) 

If you have Planning or permitting questions, please contact Brittany Whitehill, Assistant Planner, by phone at (650) 903-6306 or by email. All other inquiries contact Mountain View Police Department at (650) 903-6344. 

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

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