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Community Meetings on Adult Use Cannabis Businesses - October 17, 18 and 19

All members of the community are encouraged to participate. 


Cultivation and Distribution – Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

  • 3-5 p.m., Maya Angelou Library, Community Room, 2324 Pock Lane
  • Discussion will center around cultivation and distribution, including state and local requirements and issues related to business integration and location.


Manufacturing, Delivering and Dispensaries – Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

  • 3-5 p.m., Stribley Community Center, Meeting Room, 1760 E. Sonora St.
  • The discussion will focus on audit practices and limits on the number of businesses for manufacturing, delivery, and dispensaries.


Equity Program – Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

  • 10 a.m. to noon, Delta College, South Forum Meeting Room, 5151 Pacific Ave.
  • Focus on discussion related to an equity program and development of a sustainable model that reduces racial disparities.


Cannabis Policy Project

The City of Stockton is undergoing an evaluation process to adopt changes to the Stockton Municipal Code (SMC) following voter approval of ballot Measures P and Q in the November 8, 2016, General Election. Changes were adopted, as proposed. For more about these ballot measures, please see:


On June 27, 2017, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 94, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, which established a single system of administration for cannabis laws in California. This bill combined the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act of 2016 (Proposition 64) into a single system.


On November 7, 2017, City Council adopted ordinance 2017-11-07-1502 for changes to the City’s medical cannabis businesses permitting program. This included banning nonmedical cannabis businesses. Adoption of the ordinance:

  • addressed items referred by Council for reconsideration,
  • implemented a ban on additional medical and other cannabis businesses,
  • placed a ban on outdoor personal cultivation, and
  • placed certain restrictions on indoor cultivation.

During the meeting, City Council directed the City Manager to pursue an analysis of the City’s current program and to analyze further options for expanding the program. 


The City is currently taking the steps to analyze the City’s current cannabis regulatory policy and to provide recommendations to Council in a phased approach on cultivation, retail (dispensary & delivery), testing, manufacturing, distribution, and equity. The City’s goal is to be transparent and equitable throughout the process. 


Medical Cannabis

The City adopted changes to the Stockton Municipal Code (SMC) following voter approval of ballot Measures P and Q in the November 8, 2016, General Election. Changes were adopted as proposed.


Stockton Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 5.100 Medical Cannabis Businesses


Stockton Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 5.98 Medical Cannabis Business License Tax


Medical Cannabis Business Use Permits

The City is currently accepting applications for Medical Cannabis Business Use Permits. 

  • Applications meeting all Use Permit requirements will be considered by the Planning Commission.   
  • Qualified applicants will be referred to the Stockton Police Department to evaluate the applicant(s) qualifications for Operators Permit(s).  
  • Each applicant is responsible for reviewing the details of the SMC and submitting an application compliant with all regulations.



Maps have been prepared that identify areas of the City that may meet zoning requirements for future medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivation sites. Please note, all restrictions as specified in the City's ordinances will apply.


For additional information, please contact the Community Development Department Planning Division.

To submit a Use Permit application in-person, please visit the Permit Center.


External Links

California Cannabis Industry Association

National Cannabis Industry Association 

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 10/16/2018