Cannabis Regulations and Licensing

Project Overview

On January 17, 2017 the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors adopted urgency interim ordinance No. 2017-03 prohibiting the cultivation, delivery and sale of cannabis and cannabis products in the unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County (excepting personal indoor grows of up to six plants as provided for in Proposition 64 also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)).

At the direction of the Board, the Department of Conservation and Development, in cooperation with various other County Departments, will begin the process of evaluating potential regulatory options and presenting those options to the Board of Supervisors. It is anticipated that a workshop on cannabis regulation will be held before the Board of Supervisors sometime in March of 2017 with the goal of adopting permanent regulations by the end of 2017.

Licensing: Contra Costa County does not currently issue licenses for cultivation, sale or delivery of marijuana. According to the provisions of Proposition 64 local jurisdictions should have permanent cannabis regulations in place prior to establishment of the state licensing program which is expected to be in place by early 2018.

Community Outreach

If you would like to be placed on a mailing list for future actions or meetings related to cannabis regulation, please click on the link below.

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If you would like to comment on the proposed Cannabis Regulations, please fill out the form below. 

Click here to comment on the proposed Cannabis Regulations

For addition questions, please contact Ruben Hernandez at (925) 674-7785 or by email at

Public Meetings

October 24, 2017 Board of Supervisors Meeting (Item D.3) (

July 18, 2017 Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda (Item D.5)

Documents and Resources

Interim Ordinance No. 2017-03 - Contra Costa County's Current Interim Ordinance prohibiting the cultivation and delivery of marijuana in the unincorporated area of Contra Costa County

California Cannabis Portal - State of California's one-stop shop for all things related to the state’s effort to regulate the cannabis industry.