Cannabis Regulations and Licensing

Project Overview

In response to California voter approval of Proposition 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) in November 2016, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has directed the County staff to initiate the process of preparing regulations for the establishment of commercial cannabis businesses in the unincorporated areas of the County. The regulations will also address cultivation of cannabis for personal use at home.

In addition to preparation of land use and health regulations for commercial cannabis uses, the Board has also initiated the process of analyzing and preparing a potential taxing program for the various commercial cannabis uses. It is anticipated that no commercial cannabis uses would be authorized until such time as a cannabis tax ballot measure has been approved by County voters. A County cannabis tax initiative could be considered by voters at the next General Election in November 2018, so regulations permitting commercial cannabis uses are not expected to become effective until that time at the earliest.

Licensing - The County Currently Prohibits all commercial cannabis uses
Contra Costa County does not currently issue licenses for cultivation, sale or delivery of marijuana. According to the provisions of Proposition 64 local jurisdictions should have permanent cannabis regulations in place prior to establishment of the state licensing program which is expected to be in place by November 2018.

Community Outreach

The County is currently seeking comments on the Preliminary Framework for Commercial Cannabis Industry in Unincorporated Contra Costa County. As part of the community outreach effort, the Framework will be presented at various Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meetings, town halls, and city council meetings. 

View the Framework

Preliminary Framework for Commercial Cannabis Industry in Unincorporated Contra Costa County
Maps (note: large file)
Health Services Report

Comment on the Framework

If you would like to comment on the proposed Cannabis Regulations, please fill out the form below. 
Click here to comment on the proposed Cannabis Regulations

Attend a Meeting

Knightsen TAC
Tuesday, February 20th at 7:30 pm
Knightsen Garden Club
3067 Knightsen Ave, Knightsen

Walnut Creek City Council
Tuesday, February 20th at 6 pm
City Hall Chambers
1666 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Discovery Bay CSD Meeting
Wednesday, February 21st at 7 pm
Discovery Bay Community Center
1601 Discovery Bay Blvd, Discovery Bay

Lafayette City Council
Monday, February 26th at 6 pm
Lafayette Library and Learning Center - Community Hall
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Youth Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, February 27th at 5 pm
Contra Costa County Office of Education - Board Room
77 Santa Barbara Ave, Pleasant Hill

Byron MAC
Tuesday, February 27th at 6 pm
Byron Union School District Library
14301 Byron Highway, Byron

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Advisory Board
Wednesday, Februrary 28th at 4:00 pm
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill Campus
Top floor of HFS Building
321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill 

Bay Point MAC
Tuesday, March 6th at 7 pm
Ambrose Recreation and Park Council Chambers
3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point

North Richmond MAC
Tuesday, March 6th at 5 pm
North Richmond Neighborhood House
515 Silver Ave, Richmond

Diablo MAC/Diablo CSD Meeting
Tuesday, March 13th at 7:30 pm
Diablo Country Club - Diablo Room
1700 Club House Road, Diablo

Pacheco MAC
Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm
Pacheco Community Center
5800 Pacheco Blvd, Pacheco

Moraga Town Council
Wednesday, March 14th at 7 pm
Town Office
329 Rheem Blvd, Moraga

Pleasant Hill City Council
Monday, March 19 at 7 pm
Pleasant Hill City Hall - Council Chambers
100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill

Contra Costa Centre MAC
Tuesday, March 20th at 5 pm
Contra Costa Transportation Authority
2999 Oak Road, Suite 110, Walnut Creek

Concord City Council
Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30 pm
Concord Civic Center - Council Chambers
1950 Parkside Drive, Concord

Orinda City Council
Tuesday, March 20th at 7 pm
City of Orinda, Library Auditorium
22 Orinda Way, Orinda

Rodeo MAC
Thursday, March 22 at 7 pm
Rodeo Senior Center
189 Parker Ave, Rodeo

Join our Mailing List

If you would like to be placed on a mailing list for future actions or meetings related to cannabis regulation, please click on the link below.
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Other Questions?

For addition questions, please contact Ruben Hernandez at (925) 674-7785 or by email at

Board of Supervisors Actions related to Commercial Cannabis

  1. November 14, 2017
  2. October 24, 2017
  3. July 18, 2017

November 14, 2017 Board of Supervisor Meeting (Item C.82)

APPROVE Preliminary Working Draft Framework for Regulating Cannabis in the Unincorporated Area of Contra Costa County (Framework) reflecting changes requested by the Board on October 24, 2017, and 

DIRECT the Conservation and Development Director to implement Public Outreach Plan to solicit public input on the Framework, as recommended by the Conservation and Development Director.