Commercial Cannabis Businesses
On November 6, 2018, the citizens of the City of Marina passed an Ordinance allowing Cannabis Business Activity and Establishing Taxes and Fees for Such Businesses within the City of Marina, Amending Title and Chapter Establishing Cannabis Business Activities as a Use Allowed Subject to a Use Permit in Specified Zones and Establishing Uses to Protect Public Health, Safety and Welfare. The final tally was 4,351 votes in favor of the Ordinance and 2,130 votes against the passage of the Ordinance.
The voter initiative establishes Chapter 19 of the City of Marina Municipal Code (MMC), titled the City of Marina Commercial Cannabis Activities ordinance, and makes amendments to MMC Chapter 5 Business Taxes, Licenses and Registrations and Chapter 17 Zoning. Per the voter initiative, these municipal code additions and amendments will take effect on April 1, 2019. As approved by the voters, the ordinance provides the regulatory framework for the Commercial Cannabis Activities program that the City will be implementing.
On February 5, 2019, the City Council approved a contract with HdL Companies to assist the City with implementing the Cannabis Activities Ordinance. HdL has a team of knowledgeable professionals who have direct experience in the implementation of Cannabis Regulatory Programs including developing applications, application rating systems, reviewing applications for compliance with rules and regulations, performing facility inspections conducting compliance and financial audits, and developing application fees to ensure that the City recovers the costs of reviewing materials and conducting hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council.
Program Implementation Update
The City of Marina Commercial Cannabis Program is open for business beginning Monday, April 8, 2019. For a period of 60-days, from April 8th - June 7, 2019, the City will be accepting Dispensary & Non-Dispensary Applications. The Commercial Cannabis Activities Ordinance allows for up to 3-medical cannabis dispensary businesses and up to 3-adult use cannabis dispensary businesses to be permitted. Once this 60-day period closes, no new applications will be accepted for cannabis dispensary businesses unless there are fewer than 3-medical or 3-adult use dispensaries under review and/or permitted.
Under the Cannabis Program Regulations and Procedures section of this webpage you will find the Commercial Cannabis Activities Ordinance, Application Procedures and Cannabis Business Fees. Prospective applicants are advised to review each of these documents in preparing to submit their applications. Incomplete application packages will be rejected.
Required applications are located under the Cannabis Program Applications and Forms section of the is webpage. Beginning June 8, 2019, application processing will begin. Below is the anticipated schedule for processing cannabis business applications. Please note that Live Scan applications will need to be submitted to the Marina Police Department by May 24, 2019 in order to ensure processing is complete by the cannabis business application filing deadline of June 7. Cannabis Zoning Verification Letter requests will need to be submitted to the Planning Department by May 17 to be completed in time.
April 8 to June 7 - Phase I- Cannabis application submittal period
June 10 to Jun 14 - Phase II- Application completeness review
June 17 to June 21 - Applications delivered to HdL
June 24 to July 26 - HdL data entry and staff review
July 31 - Phase IIIa - HdL preliminary reports and Letters of Incompleteness done
August 1 to August 23 - Supplemental review period for deficient applications
August 28 - HdL delivers application reviews and background reports
August 28 to September 6 - City reviews HdL reports and issues pass/fail letters
September 16 to September 20 - Phase IIIb - In-person interviews
September 23 - HdL delivers Final reports and scores
September 24 to October 1 - Qualified applicant amend and combine period
October 1 to October 15 - Amended and combined application review
October 16 - City letter to applicants moving to Phase IV.
October 16 to December 17 - Phase IV Conditional Use Permits process
If you would like ongoing notification of Cannabis Program updates, please go to Notify Me and select Commercial Cannabis Businesses and sign up for automatic alerts.
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