Medical Cannabis Ordinance
On December 16, 2013, the City Council approved a medical cannabis ordinance initially allowing for the operation of one medical cannabis dispensary within city limits. That adopted ordinance was subsequently amended to allow for the issuance of up to three dispensary permits, subject to the following conditions:
Application materials were released to the public on December 5, 2014, and questions regarding the application were due to the City no later than December 18, 2014. Application materials for Phase I and Phase II were due back to the City no later than January 15, 2015, so the application period is now closed. Phase III finalists were notified in June 2015, and the City Council awarded the first dispensary permit on September 8, 2015. The second permit was issued on July 18, 2016 and the third permit was issued on October 17, 2016. Additional dispensary permits are not currently available at this time. The City has no plans to expand the number of dispensary permits at this time. Please contact the City Manager's Office at (510) 577-3351 or email MMJinfo@sanleandro.org for questions regarding this program.
Cannabis Product Manufacturing Pilot Program
On June 19th, the City Council authorized a pilot program that will allow for the issuance of up to five non-retail cannabis product manufacturing permits. Additional details on the pilot program be found within agenda item 5A from the June 19, 2017 meeting agenda. The Pilot Program, codified in Title 5, Chapter 6 of the San Leandro Administrative Code, will take effect on August 16, 2017.
The pilot program allows up to five Conditional Use Permit applications to be considered and issued for cannabis product manufacturers. Under the pilot program, up to five applications will be accepted. Once the City has received five applications, no additional applications will be accepted until an application is closed or withdrawn, or if a previously issued Conditional Use Permit lapses or is revoked. The City Council will review the outcome of the pilot program once the five initially permitted Cannabis Product Manufacturing uses have been established and become operational. The City Council may modify or expand the program if it is successful.
Applications for Cannabis Product Manufacturing may only be submitted to the Permit Center with a prior appointment. At that time, a staff planner will review the application materials to ensure the required documentation has been provided in accord with the Pilot Program before being accepted for processing.
The Planning Division has prepared a handout for businesses interested in participating in the Cannabis Product Manufacturing Pilot Program. Contact the Planning Services Division at (510) 577-3325 or visit the Permit Center at City Hall for more information or to make an appointment.
Cannabis Testing Laboratories
Cannabis testing laboratories that provide independent safety and quality control testing services for cannabis manufacturers and dispensaries are a conditionally permitted use (requiring a CUP) eligible for consideration in the Community Commercial (CC), Industrial General (IG), Industrial General - Assembly Use (IG-AU), and Industrial Park (IP) zoning districts. There are no limitations on the number of cannabis testing laboratories permitted in the City of San Leandro. Cannabis testing laboratories may not operate in conjunction with other cannabis business activities under State law.
Commercial Cultivation of Cannabis Plants
The commercial cultivation and cloning of cannabis plants is prohibited in the City of San Leandro. Individuals are permitted to posses a limited number of cannabis plants for personal use under State law.
Cannabis Delivery and Distribution
Businesses that solely deliver or distribute cannabis are not permitted and may not be established in the City of San Leandro. Delivery of medical cannabis to patients and primary caregivers within the City from locally licensed medical cannabis dispensaries is permitted. Licensed and permitted cannabis delivery and distribution businesses based in other jurisdictions are required to obtain and hold a valid City business license before delivering or distributing to clients within the City of San Leandro in accord with State law.
Cannabis Definitions - San Leandro Zoning Code (Article 3, Section 1-304)
Industry, Cannabis Product Manufacturing. Cannabis manufacturing, processing, and packaging of products derived from or infused with cannabis, including edibles, concentrates and extracts for wholesale or retail to cannabis dispensaries or other cannabis product distributors and manufacturers as allowed by state law. This definition includes cannabis manufacturers requiring a Type 6 or 7 license from the State of California. This definition does not include the cloning, planting or cultivation of cannabis plants or the direct sales, distribution, delivery, or dispensing of manufactured cannabis products to the public.
Laboratories, Cannabis Testing Facilities. Laboratories conducting safety, quality control, and analytical testing services of cannabis and products derived from cannabis as a service to cannabis dispensaries, medical facilities, government agencies, cannabis product manufacturers, or other entities as allowed by state law. This definition includes cannabis testing and laboratory facilities requiring a Type 8 license from the State of California. This definition does not include the cloning, planting or cultivation of cannabis plants or the direct sales, distribution, delivery, or dispensing of cannabis and cannabis products to the public.
Medical Cannabis. All parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., also referred to as marijuana, whether growing or not, as defined by California Health and Safety Code Section 11018, as amended from time to time. This includes “cannabis” as: the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin. It does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seeds of the plant incapable of germination.
Medical Cannabis Dispensary. A collective, or cooperative, or other non-profit or for profit entity qualified or permitted to do business in the State of California and the City of San Leandro that distributes, dispenses, stores, exchanges, processes, delivers, makes available, transmits and/or gives away cannabis (“marijuana”) for medicinal purposes to four (4) or more qualified patients and/ or primary caregivers pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Sections 11362.5 and 11362.7 et seq. Baked medicinal products (i.e., brownies, bars, cookies, cakes), tinctures and other non-refrigerated type items are acceptable for manufacture and sale at a dispensary.