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Cannabis Policy Project

The City of Stockton is undergoing an evaluation process to adopt changes to the Stockton Municipal Code (SMC) following voter approval of ballot Measures P and Q in the November 8, 2016, General Election. Changes were adopted, as proposed.


On June 27, 2017, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 94, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, establishing a single system of administration for cannabis laws in California. This bill combined the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act of 2016 (Proposition 64) into a single system.


On November 7, 2017, City Council adopted ordinance 2017-11-07-1502 for changes to the City’s medical cannabis businesses permitting program. This included banning nonmedical cannabis businesses. Adoption of the ordinance:

  • addressed items referred by Council for reconsideration,
  • implemented a ban on additional medical and other cannabis businesses,
  • placed a ban on outdoor personal cultivation, and
  • placed certain restrictions on indoor cultivation.


During the meeting, City Council directed the City Manager to pursue an analysis of the City’s current program and to analyze further options for expanding the program. 


In April 2018, the City began a policy project to analyze the City’s current cannabis regulatory policy and to provide recommendations to Council in a phased approach on cultivation, retail (dispensary & delivery), testing, manufacturing, distribution, and equity. The City’s goal is to be transparent and equitable throughout the process. 


As part of the first phase of the policy project, on September 18, 2018, City Council adopted ordinance 2018-18-1502 that allowed for medical cannabis dispensaries to sell adult-use cannabis and for medical cultivation businesses to grow adult-use cannabis.

  • Number of allowable dispensaries within City limits was increased to 5 from 4 dispensaries.
  • Number of allowable cultivation operator’s permits remains at 4 citywide.


The project is in its final phase with community meetings held in October 2018.

  • Findings from community meetings presented to Planning Commission on November 15, 2018.
  • Final recommendations will be presented to the Planning Commission in January 2019 and to City Council in February 2019.



The City adopted changes to the Stockton Municipal Code (SMC) following voter approval of ballot Measures P and Q in the November 8, 2016, General Election. Changes were adopted as proposed.


Stockton Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 5.100 Medical Cannabis Businesses


Stockton Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 5.98 Medical Cannabis Business License Tax


Cannabis Business Use Permits

The City is currently accepting applications for Cannabis Business Use Permits for dispensary (retail storefront) and cultivation sites. 

  • Applications meeting all Use Permit requirements will be considered by the Planning Commission.   
  • Qualified applicants will be referred to the Stockton Police Department to evaluate the applicant(s) qualifications for Operators Permit(s).  
  • Each applicant is responsible for reviewing the details of the SMC and submitting an application compliant with all regulations.
  • No other business types are currently allowed within the City’s limits.



Maps have been prepared that identify areas of the City that may meet zoning requirements for cannabis dispensaries and cultivation sites. Please note, all restrictions as specified in the City's ordinances will apply; these are approvals for the Commission Use Permit. All cannabis businesses must also obtain an Operator’s permit prior to beginning operations. 


To learn more, please contact the Community Development Department Planning Division.

To submit a Use Permit application in-person, please visit the Permit Center.


External Links

Bureau of Cannabis Control California

California Cannabis Industry Association

California Department of Food & Agriculture - CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

California Department of Public Health - Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch

National Cannabis Industry Association 


This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 11/20/2018