COVID-19 Update 3/12/20
Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) related to public gatherings, the tentative timeline for Concord’s cannabis regulations will likely be impacted. The agenda item previously planned for March 24, 2020 will be tentatively postponed as a result of changes to agenda item scheduling for upcoming City Council meetings.
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COUNCIL Committee MEETING SUMMARY,
February 24, 2020
On February 24, 2020, the City Council Committee on Policy Development & Internal Operations (PD&IO) considered the process and criteria for reviewing and approving cannabis retailer license applications to form a recommendation to the City Council. The Committee provided detailed direction regarding aspects of the selection process and recommendations to the full Council for consideration at the March 24, 2020 City Council meeting (see linked annotated agenda below).
Planning Commission Meeting
FEBRUARY 5, 2020
On February 5, 2020 the Planning Commission voted 4:0 (ayes: Laub, Mercurio, Barbour, Mizutani, absent: Weinmann) to adopt Resolution 20-01 PC, recommending City Council amend the Concord Development Code with text amendments to the land use tables (18.30-18.60), Commercial Cannabis Overlay District (18.110), Signs (18.180), Development Agreements (18.460),and General Terms (18.20), relating to commercial cannabis regulation. The recommended amendments to the Development Code are based on Council’s direction at the November 5, 2019 Council meeting. These regulations will be considered by the Council on March 24, 2020.
Cannabis Regulations Council Meeting Summary, November 5, 2019
On November 5, 2019 the City Council considered an Ordinance amending Concord Municipal Code Chapter 5.80 (Cannabis Ordinance) to:
- Add adult-use City Cannabis Licenses for manufacturing and distribution;
- Increase the maximum number of City Cannabis Licenses for manufacturing;
- Allow City Cannabis Licenses for medicinal and adult-use retail (storefront and non-storefront);
- Allow City Cannabis Licenses for microbusinesses
The Ordinance was not introduced at the meeting, but a majority of the Council supported changes to the City’s cannabis regulations for consideration for adoption in the first quarter of 2020.
The table below includes a summary of the changes directed by Council to be incorporated into an ordinance for their consideration:
|License Type*||# of Licenses Currently Allowable||# of Licenses Recomm-ended||In Overlay District||RFP Required||Comm. Benefit Agree./Develop. Agree. Required?|
|Testing Laboratory||2||No limit||Yes||No||Yes|
|Retail Storefront||None||3||No, only allowable in downtown districts (DMX, WMX).||Yes||Yes|
|Distribution (Type 13)||Only with manufacturing||Only in conjunction with a license type listed above (except for testing laboratory)||Dependent on primary license||No||N/A. Only required for primary license|
|Distribution (Type 11)||None||2 stand-alone distributor licenses||Yes||No||Yes|
|Delivery||No limit||No limit||N/A||No||N/A|
*Adult-use and medicinal license types would be allowable for all of the above.
This map shows both the Overlay District and the proposed zoning districts for storefront retail locations.
Pursuant to Concord’s cannabis regulations and state law, no cannabis license can be issued if located within 600-feet of a sensitive use. Sensitive uses include the following:
• A public or private school that provides instruction from kindergarten to grade 12.
• A large family day care, home or child day care center, preschool, or nursery school.
• A youth community center, which is defined as a public or private facility that is primarily used to host recreational or social activities for minors, including, but not limited to, private youth membership organizations or clubs, social service teenage club facilities, video arcades, or similar amusement park facilities.
The Council also directed staff to research the following issues for future consideration:
- Update and map the list of sensitive uses to include uses that may be new or missing
- Provide additional information regarding the stand-alone distribution license type
- Provide information regarding how the City could potentially ban the sale of vaping products at retail cannabis businesses (storefront, non-storefront, and microbusinesses)
- Provide details on retail cannabis regulations in neighboring Contra Costa County jurisdictions
- Develop criteria for a merit-based Request for Proposal (RFP) process for consideration by the Council Committee on Policy Development & Internal Operations (PD&IO) for recommendation to the full Council
Following is the tentative schedule for developing potential cannabis regulations:
|February 5, 2020 (completed)||Planning Commission meeting|
(Development Code recommendation to Council
|February 24, 2020 (completed)||Policy Development & Internal Operations (PD&IO) Council Committee Special Meeting - agenda|
(Consideration of RFP criteria and procedures)
|March 24, 2020 (tentatively postponed)|
City Council meeting(1st reading of Revised Cannabis Ordinance and Updated Development Code Ordinance)
|April 7, 2020 (subject to change)|
City Council meeting(2nd reading of both Ordinances)
|April 14, 2020 (subject to change)|
City Council meeting(Review PD&IO Committee Recommendations for the RFP process)
|May 7, 2020 (subject to change)|
Ordinances effectiveRFP for retail uses issued shortly thereafter.
On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which made adult-use (recreational) cannabis use legal. This Act was in addition to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, and other previously approved State laws related to medicinal cannabis use. As a result, the State is developing regulations related to both medicinal and adult-use cannabis, and the State began issuing cannabis licenses on January 2, 2018.
TEMPORARY CANNABIS BAN
To determine what regulations should be developed here in the City of Concord and to preserve local control, the City Council engaged with the community and directed staff to evaluate cannabis-related activities. In order for the Council and the community to decide the type of uses appropriate here in Concord, and where, the City Council directed staff to prepare a ban on various uses. This ban would be in effect until cannabis-related activities can be evaluated and regulations developed that are consistent with the community’s desires. The City Council adopted the ban at its meeting on November 14, 2017.
On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, the AUMA, which legalized adult (recreational) cannabis use.
Effective November 9, 2016, the AUMA makes it legal for persons 21 years or older to:
- Possess, plant, cultivate, harvest, dry, or process up to six living cannabis plants per legal dwelling unit for personal use;
- Possess, process, transport, purchase, obtain, give away without compensation to persons 21 years or older 28.5 grams of cannabis or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis;
- Smoke or ingest cannabis or cannabis products
The AUMA created a State regulatory and licensing system governing the commercial cultivation, testing, and distribution of adult-use cannabis, and the manufacturing of adult-use cannabis products.The AUMA permits local jurisdictions to regulate and/or ban adult-use marijuana, related to the following:
- Retail stores (both storefront and non-storefront)
- Testing laboratories
EXISTING CONCORD REGULATIONS & LICENSE APPLICATION
Consistent with State law, currently the City of Concord allows only the following uses:
- Delivery of medicinal and adult-use cannabis from licensed cannabis retail businesses located outside of Concord (No City Cannabis License required, but City business license required);
- Indoor cultivation of up to six cannabis plants per dwelling unit for personal use (medicinal and adult use) (No City Cannabis License required);
- Medicinal and adult-use cannabis testing facilities;
- Medicinal cannabis distributors (Two licenses granted; no further licenses currently available); and
- Medicinal cannabis manufacturers (Two licenses granted; no further licenses currently available).
Permitted cannabis businesses require a City Cannabis License (PDF), land use approval, State Cannabis License, and City Business License. Once completed, call the Police Department Code Enforcement Division at (925) 671-3075 and schedule an appointment to submit the license application.
The City contracted with Godbe Research to conduct a statistically-valid survey related to various cannabis uses to better understand the community’s support or opposition to the types of uses and where they may be permitted. The survey results will assist the City Council and staff in developing policies, based on feedback that is representative of Concord’s demographics. The survey was conducted in late August 2017. The survey results (PDF) were presented to the public and the City Council at the October 24, 2017 City Council Meeting.
Between June 20 and July 19, 2019, the City issued a 10-question survey on potential commercial cannabis retail (storefront and non-storefront) and microbusinesses (small-scale cultivation, distribution, manufacturing, and/or retail) regulations. The City will consider the survey results when developing proposed regulations that will be presented to the City Council according to the schedule below.
Meetings / Topic
The City Council, Planning Commission, and Council Committee on Policy Development & Internal Operations have conducted meetings to consider policy direction related to cannabis uses. View the agenda and meetings for this topic, meeting videos and annotated agendas (action minutes) are also available.