Nevada City, CA
Medical Cannabis Businesses
At the August 25, 2016 City Council Strategic Planning Workshop, staff was directed to research the possibility of allowing a medical marijuana dispensary.   On September 28, Council was presented with a draft ordinance that outlines a process for allowing one such dispensary within City Limits. At that meeting, Council referred review of the draft ordinance to the Planning Commission for their recommendation and also directed staff to develop ordinance options and recommendations related to other State authorized medical cannabis business operations.

Dispensary Current Status: 

At the March 12, 2017 regular City Council Meeting, Council heard a second reading of an Ordinance regulating medical cannabis dispensaries. The City Council voted 4-0 (Senum absent) to adopt the ordinance. Applications for a Dispensary will be available on Thursday, July 5, 2017 and can be picked up at City Hall during regular business hours.  Staff will hold a special informational meeting on Tuesday, July 18 to go over expectations for application submittals. The medical cannabis dispensary ordinance, as adopted, can be found here.

The City is currently working on obtaining authorization to receive live scan information from the State DOJ and the FBI. Applications will be due before we have such authorization and so will not be required to include the Live Scan receipt as requested in the application. Please Complete the Background Information Form, below to submit with your application. The City will notify you at the time we have received appropriate authorization and will direct you to provide the Live Scan Receipt at that time.

Download   Medical Cannabis Dispensary Application

Download   Nevada City Background Information Form  

Download    Implementation Procedures & Description of Evaluation Criteria  

Dispensary Application Schedule: 

July 5, 2017                          Applications open                                                   

July 18, 2017                        Applicant Briefing Meeting at City Hall Council Chambers, 10 a.m.                        

August 31, 2017                   Applications due to City Hall by 5:00 p.m. (PST)

View the June 14th staff report outlining the application, ranking, and selection procedure here.

Other Business Current Status:

At the June 28, 2017 regular City Council meeting , Council heard a second reading of an amendment to the Cannabis Business Ordinance for the establishment, permitting, and regulation of medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distributing, transporting, and testing laboratory businesses within the city. Staff is currently working on developing an application procedure for the permitting other medical Cannabis businesses and anticipates bringing a process for Council's consideration at one of the July meetings.  The ordinance regulating other Cannabis businesses, as adopted, can be found here.

Download  Medical Cannabis Business (Other than Dispensary) Application

Use Background Form, above
Use Implementation Procedures & Description of Evaluation Criteria Form, above

  Public Comment:
Dispensary Comments
Other Business Comments:
    Emailed comments
    Written comments including submitted petitions

Any questions may be directed to City Planner, Amy Wolfson at

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