Alameda County Cannabis Regulations

TULARE COUNTY

  • Cultivation: Prohibited
  • Retail: Prohibited
  • Manufacturing: Prohibited
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KINGS COUNTY

  • Cultivation: Prohibited
  • Retail: Prohibited
  • Manufacturing: Prohibited
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KINGS COUNTY

  • Cultivation: Prohibited
  • Retail: Prohibited
  • Manufacturing: Prohibited
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KINGS COUNTY

  • Cultivation: Prohibited
  • Retail: Prohibited
  • Manufacturing: Prohibited
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SAN BERNADINO COUNTY

  • Cultivation: Prohibited
  • Retail: Prohibited
  • Manufacturing: Prohibited
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KINGS COUNTY

  • Cultivation: Prohibited
  • Retail: Prohibited
  • Manufacturing: Prohibited
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KINGS COUNTY

  • Cultivation: Prohibited
  • Retail: Prohibited
  • Manufacturing: Prohibited
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KINGS COUNTY

  • Cultivation: Prohibited
  • Retail: Prohibited
  • Manufacturing: Prohibited
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KINGS COUNTY

  • Cultivation: Prohibited
  • Retail: Prohibited
  • Manufacturing: Prohibited
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KINGS COUNTY

  • Cultivation: Prohibited
  • Retail: Prohibited
  • Manufacturing: Prohibited
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KINGS COUNTY

  • Cultivation: Prohibited
  • Retail: Prohibited
  • Manufacturing: Prohibited
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ALAMEDA COUNTY CANNABIS LAWS & REGULATIONS

Alameda County Cannabis Laws
  • County seat Oakland
  • Largest city: Oakland
  • Incorporated: March 25, 1853
  • 2019 Population: 1,671,329
  • Total Area: 821 sq mi 
  • Land Area: 739 sq mi

Alameda County Cannabis Laws: Table of Contents

Commercial Cannabis in Unincorporated Alameda County

Permitted Cannabis Uses in Alameda County

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:

Cannabis Use Permitted notes
Cultivation Permitted A maximum of 10 cannabis cultivation permits will be issued in unincorporated Alameda County.
Retail Permitted A maximum of 5 cannabis cultivation permits will be issued in unincorporated Alameda County.
Manufacturing Permitted Alameda County does not allow stand-alone cannabis manufacturing businesses. These uses are only allowed as part of a cultivation operation or Combined Cannabis Operation.
Distribution Permitted Alameda County does not allow stand-alone cannabis manufacturing businesses. These uses are only allowed as part of a cultivation operation or Combined Cannabis Operation.
Microbusiness Permitted The applicant must hold a valid cultivation or retail permit in unincorporated Alameda County to apply for a Combined Cannabis Operation. The applicant must apply to transfer the existing cultivation or retail permit to become a Combined Cannabis Operation. The Combined Cannabis Operation is the same as what the State defines as a cannabis Microbusiness, which is a business allowing three out of four license types (cultivation, retail, manufacturing, distribution) on the one site.
Delivery (Non-storefront Retail) Permitted Any person or company delivering cannabis in unincorporated Alameda County, must apply for a Cannabis Delivery Operator Permit.
Testing Lab Permitted A cannabis testing lab is capable of being permitted on A (Agricultural) zoned land in unincorporated Alameda County. A cannabis testing lab requires a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) pursuant to Title 17 Zoning of the Alameda County Ordinance Code.

Current Cannabis Permitting Status

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.

City-Specific Cannabis Laws in Alameda County

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:

  • Fremont
  • Livermore

Alameda County Proposition 64 Results

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):

ANSWER VOTES PERCENTAGE
YES 417,599 66.4%
NO 211, 277 33.6%

Cannabis Regulations in Unincorporated Alameda County

Alameda County Cannabis Ordinances

Title 6: Health and Safety

Title 17: Zoning

    • Chapter 17.04.010 – Definitions
    • Chapter 17.06 – A Districts
      • 17.06.040 – Conditional uses – Board of zoning adjustments
    • Chapter 17.38 – C-1 Districts
      • 17.38.030 – Conditional uses – Board of zoning adjustments
    • Chapter 17.40 – C-2 Districts
      • 17.40.030 – Conditional uses – Board of zoning adjustments
    • Chapter 17.52 – General Requirements
      • 17.52.585 – Conditional use – Cannabis cultivation or combined cannabis operation
      • 17.52.586 – Conditional use – Cannabis testing laboratory

Cannabis Fee Schedule for the County of Alameda

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