Adoption of Retail Cannabis Ordinance

Goal Background

On November 9, 2016, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, Proposition 64, became law, leading to recreational cannabis sales in California by January 2018. As a result of recreational legalization, local governments may not prohibit adults from growing, using, or transporting cannabis for personal use. Following recreational legalization, companies must be licensed by the local agency to grow, test, or sell cannabis within each jurisdiction. The City of Petaluma needs to adopt ordinances and regulations to allow for commercial use of cannabis within city limits. This project, the Adoption of Retail Cannabis Ordinance, is the process to allow commercial use of cannabis in Petaluma.

The first milestone, Review Regional Jurisdictions’ Regulations and Modify for Local Considerations, is anticipated to be completed by Quarter 1 of FY 2023.


*Please note the City of Petaluma's fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. 

Milestone Description
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Estimated Completion

Progress Status Q1 July-Sept 2022 Q2 Oct-Dec 2022 Q3 Jan-Mar 2023 Q4 Apr-Jun 2023 Q1 Jul-Sept 2023 Q2 Oct-Dec 2023 Q3 Jan-Mar 2024 Q4 Apr-Jun 2024 FY25 & Beyond
Review regional jurisdictions regulations and modify for local considerations FY23 Q1 Complete
Draft ordinances and regulations and get Council feedback FY23 Q2/Q3 Current
Analyze revenue options and considerations FY23 Q2 Complete
Take ordinances to Planning Commission and City Council for adoption FY23 Q3/Q4 Upcoming
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