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.

Medical Cannabis Businesses Applications Scheduled for the  July 19, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting:

Revive Organics, LLC -
amendment to their previously approved manufacturing and distribution application to expand their space; 138 New Mohawk Road.
Highest Health Collective - Manufacturing (ethanol extraction method) and distribution;  569 Searls Avenue
Valley of Grass
 - Manufacturing (undefined method of extraction) and distribution;  138 New Mohawk Road

Shady Creek -  
Manufacturing (water extraction method) and distribution;  138 New Mohawk Road

Bloomfield -
Manufacturing (water, ethanol, and CO2 extraction method) and distribution;  138 New Mohawk Road

Searls Group, LLC -
amendment to an approved manufacturing and distribution  application  to add a hexane extraction component; 569 Searls Avenue
Revive Organics, LLC- Manufacturing (non-volatile extraction) and distribution; 138 New Mohawk Road
Thrive Society, LLC-  
Manufacturing (non-volatile extraction) and distribution; 138 New Mohawk Road

Sky Farms, LLC-  
Manufacturing (volatile extraction) and distribution; 138 New Mohawk Road 
The Higher Commitment- Testing Laboratory; 440 Lower Grass Valley Avenue 

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 Council will review the following three candidates, and consider one for issuance of medical cannabis dispensary permit at their meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:30, or soon thereafter. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 317 Broad Street, in the Council Chambers. The staff report can be viewed at the following link:

Note that staff has continued to receive public comment since publishing the staff report. Please click on the following links to find letters in support of the respective applicants. Staff will attempt to update this list as comments are received.

Public Comments Received by Staff after publishing the staff report:
Growing Community
Elevation 2477
Nevada County Wellness

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. At their August 2017 meeting, Council approved an application procedure to Medical Cannabis Businesses, other than dispensary businesses. A link to the fee Resolution is below. Staff will accept applications, review for general completeness and then distribute to staff and Planning Commissioners for a 30 to 60 day review and comment period. Once the review period is complete, staff will schedule the application for a public meeting for determination by the Planning Commission.  The ordinance regulating other Cannabis businesses, as adopted, can be found  here.

Download  Medical Cannabis Business (Other than Dispensary) Application
Download  View Fee Resolution, Medical Cannabis Businesses (Other than Dispensary)
Download  Application Procedure Resolution 
Download Background Information Form
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 [email protected]

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