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 by the General Plan and Zoning Regulations. 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. 

The Town Council will consider adopting an ordinance to delete a provision of the zoning code that allows applicants to apply to change the cannabis zoning regulations.

  • Correspondence received regarding cannabis business uses: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

Meetings On Cannabis Uses

Date/Link to Video                                                                                       Hearing Body and Topic Considered
March 10, 2020, Item 9 Town Council approved a Resolution to Amend the General Plan and introduced an ordinance to remove a provision that allowed applicants to apply to modify the town cannabis regulations. 

February 24, 2020, Item 6 Planning Commission considered draft General Plan resolution and zoning ordinance (see above) and made recommendation to Town Council to adopt zoning ordinance only (not General Plan resolution) and consider prohibiting property owners from applying to change the cannabis business zoning regulations.
January 14, 2020, Item 9  Town Council directed staff to begin a public hearing process on a General Plan amendment and zoning ordinance amendment that would explicitly ban any cannabis business from locating in the Town. 
December 10, 2019, Item 9 Council requests for future agenda items: Request by Town Council Member Colbert to discuss suspending staff work on the request for proposals for a consultant and to discuss if Planning Commission should consider an amendment to the Zoning Code and General Plan to ban cannabis business uses and applications to allow cannabis business uses.
October 22, 2019, Item 11  Town Council received information on banning or allowing medical cannabis dispensaries and medical/adult use cannabis delivery businesses. Speaker Mike Madrid provided information to the Town Council. Council directed staff to return with a structured process for gathering and considering information on the issue and return with a Request for Proposals in January 2020.   
October 8, 2019, Item 4 Council requests for future agenda items: Request by Town Council Member Colbert to schedule discussion of a ban on cannabis business uses and a request by Town Council Member Brown to schedule discussion of a voter initiative regarding cannabis businesses.
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. 
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 to return with information on medical cannabis dispensaries and medical/adult use cannabis delivery businesses.
August 27, 2019, Item 3 Council requests for future agenda items: Request by Town Council Member Brown to revisit adult use cannabis business 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.
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 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.
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.
August 8, 2017, Item 9 Town Council introduced ordinance to prohibit cannabis businesses as home occupations.
July 17, 2017, Item 6B Planning Commission makes recommendation in support of ordinance to prohibit cannabis business uses as home occupations.
June 13, 2017, Item 11 Town Council receives results of survey to solicit community input regarding local regulation of recreational and medical cannabis uses.
May 9, 2017, Item 9 Town Council directs staff to proceed with survey to gauge community opinions regarding cannabis uses.
April 25, 2017, Item 10 Town Council received presentation on legalization of Adult Use (recreational) cannabis and provided staff with direction.
November 24, 2015, Item 11 Town Council received presentation on new laws in effect regarding marijuana regulation, cultivation and licensing.