To regulate cannabis businesses in the County of Santa Cruz, the County has taken the following actions:
Adopted a Dispensary ordinance, County Code 7.130 for licensing medical cannabis dispensaries. There are 12 dispensaries currently licensed. No new dispensaries are being licensed at this time. For more information click here.
Commissioned an Environmental Impact Report to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of non-retail commercial cannabis businesses in the unincorporated County of Santa Cruz. Public comments were received during a 60-day comment period which ended on October 31, 2017. All comments were considered and final regulations were drafted based upon public and agency comments. Click here for more information regarding environmental review of the proposed cannabis regulations.
On May 8th, the County Board of Supervisors adopted final ordinances to regulate non-retail commercial cannabis businesses including cultivation, manufacture and distribution. The Cannabis Licensing Office will provide application materials in June and will begin accepting applications after June 8th. The process for accepting and processing applications will be clarified in the coming weeks on this website.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ADOPTS NON-RETAIL COMMERCIAL CANNABIS BUSINESS ORDINANCES
May 8, 2018:
On Tuesday May 8, 2018, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors adopted the Non-Retail Commercial Cannabis Business ordinances, formally adopting a Cannabis Licensing Program to completely regulate the cannabis supply chain: cultivation, manufacture and distribution. In 30 days, on June 8th 2018, the ordinances will go into effect. After this date, the Cannabis Licensing Office (CLO) will begin to distribute application materials and invite applicants to start applying for licensure. We are not currently accepting applications.
To see the regulations that are now APPROVED and understand eligibility and operational requirements, click on this link and review Attachment 1, 2, 3, and 4. Attachments 2-4 are key to assessing prospective license eligibility.
The CLO thanks all those who participated in this important public process to regulate the cannabis supply chain.
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Cannabis Tax Information
Please note that if you are conducting any commercial sales of your cannabis or cannabis products, you MUST be paying your cannabis business tax on gross sales as of November 9, 2016. Failure to pay taxes could result in your being disqualified from obtaining a license in the future. Information on the Cannabis Business Tax and forms are available by clicking here: http://www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/Departments/TaxCollector/CannabisBusinessTax.aspx. It is advisable to maintain a copy of your paid tax form(s) with your registration email and number on the form for future reference.
State and federal taxes also apply and you are responsible for making those payments, in addition to your local tax responsibility.