Alameda County has passed ordinance amendments to the Alameda County Ordinance Code to regulate commercial cannabis uses in unincorporated Alameda County. The Alameda County Ordinance Code regulates permitting opportunities for the following commercial cannabis uses:
Alameda County is currently only accepting permit applications for cannabis delivery, testing labs and Combined Cannabis Operations.
In late 2017, the County completed the Request for Proposals (RFP) process for cultivation and retail permits on sites in the East County pursuant to Chapters 6.106 and 6.108 of the Alameda County Ordinance Code. Permits have already been issued in response to the RFP’s.
One cannabis retailer permit remains available for a site within the West County. The site for this dispensary must be located within Area 2 on the RFP Exhibit A West County Medical Cannabis Retailer Area (PDF)* map. The RFP for this West County retailer permit has not been issued yet, and there are no plans to issue it in the immediate future. To be notified when future permits become available, please email Elizabeth McElligott to request to be included on Alameda County’s commercial cannabis email update list.
Please note that the Alameda County cannabis ordinances and regulations described on this page only affect the cannabis businesses seeking to domicile or already domiciled within the unincorporated areas of the County of Alameda.
Cities within any California County, which are incorporated entities themselves, often have separate regulations, permitting applications, as well as permit limits.
Municipalities in Alameda County that permit cannabis operations in some capacity:
Municipalities in Alameda County that prohibit cannabis operations:
On November 8, 2016, a majority – 66.4% – of voters in Alameda County voted in favor of legalizing commercial cannabis in California under Prop 64: The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA):
Online resources from Alameda County commercial cannabis uses and permitting: