Learn about recent changes to municipalities that are updating their cannabis regulations.

In this edition we have updates on new ordinances that will allow for commercial cannabis businesses in Crescent City, expand the commercial uses allowed in the municipalities of Concord and Redwood City, and lift the cap on cannabis manufacturing business licenses in San Leandro.

It is important to note that the schedule of adoption for many of these upcoming ordinances may be delayed due to the current Covid-19 outbreak.

Read on to see the most important updates to regulations our research team has discovered. Also…

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March 30, 2020 – Crescent City, Concord, Redwood City, and San Leandro Regulation Updates

Crescent City, CA

On 3/16/2020 City Council of Crescent city held first reading of Ordinance No. 819 which would allow the following commercial cannabis uses in Crescent City:

  • Storefront retail
  • Non-storefront retail delivery
  • Cultivation (indoor only)
  • Non-volatile manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Micro-businesses
  • Testing laboratories.
Sensitive Uses
  • Retail cannabis uses may not be located within a 600-foot radius of the perimeter of a public or private school providing instruction in kindergarten, grades 1 through 12 (“K-12 school”) or a day care center (as defined in Health and Safety Code § 1596.76). This does not include any private school in which education is primarily conducted in private homes nor does it include family child-care homes.
Cultivation Restrictions
  • The draft ordinance would only allow indoor cultivation activity with a maximum of 2,000 square feet of cultivation area. Only one use permit for cultivation may be possessed or used by a person or entity and only one use permit will be issued per legal parcel for cultivation.
Notes and Links
  • City Staff Report and Ordinance No.809
  • City council amended the hours of operation for retail to 6 a.m. – 10 p.m from the wording in the ordinance.
  • A second reading of this ordinance has not yet taken place due to a shift of city council priorities to Corona Virus response concerns.  We will continue to provide updates on the progress of this ordinance.


Concord, CA

On November 5, 2019 the City Council considered an Ordinance amending Concord Municipal Code Chapter 5.80 (Cannabis Ordinance) to:

  • Add adult-use City Cannabis Licenses for manufacturing and distribution
  • Increase the maximum number of City Cannabis Licenses for manufacturing
  • Allow City Cannabis Licenses for medicinal and adult-use retail (storefront and non-storefront)
  • Allow City Cannabis Licenses for microbusinesses

The Ordinance was not introduced at the meeting, but a majority of the Council supported changes to the City’s cannabis regulations for consideration for adoption in the first quarter of 2020.

New Caps On License Types
  • Five Cannabis Manufacturers (currently 2)
  • Three Storefront Retailers
  • Three Non-Storefront Retailers
  • Two Microbusinesses
  • Two Type 11 distributors
  • No limit on Testing Labs (currently 2)
  • All license types would allow both medicinal and adult-use.
Tentative Drafting Schedule: (*note that many of these meetings may be delayed do to the Covid-19 outbreak)
  • February 5, 2020 – Planning Commission Meeting – Development Code recommendation to Council
  • *March 24, 2020 (meeting postponed due to Corona Virus) – City Council Meeting – 1st reading of Revised Cannabis Ordinance and Updated Development Code Ordinance
  • *April 7, 2020 (subject to change)  – City Council Meeting – 2nd reading of both Ordinances
  • *April 14, 2020 (subject to change) – City Council Meeting – Review Council’s Policy Development & Internal Operations (PD&IO) Committee Recommendations for the RFP process. The PD&IO meeting to review staff’s draft regulations has not yet been calendared but will occur in March.
  • *May 7, 2020 (subject to change) – Ordinances effective – RFP for retail uses issued shortly thereafter.


Redwood City, CA

City council meeting tentatively set for 4/27/2020 if public health allows: there will be a meeting held for the first reading and introduction for an ordinance regarding storefront retail Cannabis businesses.

The city has developed a four-phased approach to implementing regulations to allow various types of commercial cannabis businesses in the city. Phases 1-3 allowed for medical and adult-use indoor nursery cultivation and non-storefront delivery services. Over the last several weeks, city council has taken in feedback from residents via a Storefront Retail Cannabis Business Survey and two community meetings and is now ready to move forward with Phase 4: the adoption of retail cannabis businesses.


San Leandro, CA

On 3/16/2020 the City Council of San Leandro adopted an ordinance to amend and Re-Chapter the San Leandro Zoning code to discontinue the cap on cannabis manufacturing business licenses.

Previously, the Cannabis Product Manufacturing Pilot Program only allowed for five manufacturing licenses to be issued at a time.

  • Agenda from the City Council meeting and a full copy of the ordinance can be accessed here


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