Cannabis / Marijuana Regulations

Cannabis Regulations

Cannabis Businesses and Cultivation

California voters have legalized cannabis for both recreational use (for adults 21+) and medical use. Cannabis uses are currently prohibited in San Anselmo commercial districts. Medicinal cannabis delivery from State-licensed delivery businesses located outside of the Town are allowed, so long as the delivery business has a San Anselmo business license. 

Map of Potential Areas for Cannabis Businesses

This map indicates where cannabis businesses could locate within the Town under State requirements. The Town may reduce or expand the areas where cannabis businesses could be located.

Current Planning Applications

The town has received two applications to amend the zoning code to allow retail dispensary use. The applications are for locations at:
805 Sir Francis Drake
34 Greenfield Avenue
The Planning Commission will review these applications at the meeting of October 7, 2019.

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Meetings On Cannabis Uses

Date/Link to Video                                                                                       Hearing Body and Topic Considered
November 24, 2015, Item 11 Town Council received presentation on new laws in effect regarding marijuana regulation, cultivation and licensing.
April 25, 2017, Item 10 Town Council received presentation on legalization of Adult Use (recreational) cannabis and provided staff with direction.
May 9, 2017, Item 9 Town Council directs staff to proceed with survey to gauge community opinions regarding cannabis uses.
June 13, 2017, Item 11 Town Council receives results of survey to solicit community input regarding local regulation of recreational and medical cannabis uses.
July 17, 2017, Item 6B Planning Commission makes recommendation in support of ordinance to prohibit cannabis business uses as home occupations.
August 8, 2017, Item 9 Town Council introduced ordinance to prohibit cannabis businesses as home occupations.
September 12, 2017, Item 10 September 12, 2017 Town Council adopted the ordinance to prohibit cannabis businesses as home occupations and recommended the Planning Commission consider an ordinance to allow personal cultivation and prohibit cannabis business uses until they can be discussed with the public in more detail.
October 2, 2017, Item 6A Planning Commission recommended that Council adopt ordinance to allow personal cultivation with regulations and prohibit cannabis business uses. The Planning Commission recommended a sunset clause for the ordinance and that the Town Council establish a timeline for considering legalization of cannabis business uses.
October 10, 2017, Item 8 Town Council introduced an ordinance to prohibiting cannabis business uses in all zoning districts, except medical delivery from businesses located outside of the town, and allowing personal indoor and outdoor cultivation with regulations.
October 24, 2017, Item 5b Town Council adopted ordinance prohibiting cannabis business uses in all zoning districts, except medical delivery from businesses located outside of the town, and allowing personal indoor and outdoor cultivation with regulations.
September 24, 2019, Item 7

Town Council  received informational report on the Town’s cannabis regulations and discussed banning or legalizing cannabis commercial uses, and provided direction to staff.

October 7, 2019, Items 5 C-D
Planning Commission considers two requests to adopt an ordinance to allow medicinal and adult use cannabis retail dispensaries in the C-L and C-3 zoning districts. The Planning Commission recommends denial until the Town Council considers the issue. 
October 22, 2019 Town Council to discuss policies that range from a voter initiative and ban on retail sales to allowing for a medicinal storefront and/or potentially medicinal/recreational delivery businesses. Speaker Mike Madrid to provide information to the Town Council.