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Medical Marijuana Collectives

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On June 30, 2010, the San Diego County board of Supervisors approved the County Medical Marijuana Collective Program, which outlines how and where medical marijuana collectives can operate in the unincorporated county.

The program consists of a new chapter in the San Diego County Code of Regulatory Ordinances that provides licensing and operational requirements, with changes to the County Zoning Ordinance that identify where facilities can operate. 

The program aligns with Proposition 215, California's Compassionate Use Act of 1996, and the state of California's Medical Marijuana Program (Senate Bill 420, approved to clarify Prop. 215 in 2003). The ordinance established uniform regulation and licensing requirements that will allow qualified people and primary caregivers to collectively or cooperatively cultivate marijuana for medical purposes while protecting the public health, safety and welfare of unincorporated communities.

On January 25, 2011 the Board of Supervisors approved Zoning Ordinance amendments to the existing Medical Marijuana Collective Facilities Ordinance. The Zoning Ordinance changes included: 1) clarification of the scope of the applicability section to align it with similar provisions of the Regulatory Code 2) amendments to clarify the scope of the nonconforming use provisions, and 3) clarification of the application of Medical Marijuana Collective Facilities buffers to properties located within incorporated cities.  At the January 25 public hearing, the Board also took action on minor amendments to the County Regulatory Code including setting fees for a Medical Marijuana Collective Facility Operating Certificate.

This page includes links to documents related to the County Medical Marijuana Collective Program: