Marijuana Regulations

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which made adult-use (recreational) marijuana use legal. This Act was in addition to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, and other previously approved State laws related to medical marijuana use. As a result, the State is developing regulations related to both medical and adult-use marijuana, and the State will begin issuing marijuana licenses on January 2, 2018. If cities and counties do not adopt their own regulations and/or a ban prior to January 2, 2018, then the State may issue a marijuana license to a local business approving the use in Concord since they will be considered permitted uses.

Temporary Marijuana Ban

To determine what regulations should be developed here in the City of Concord, the City Council engaged with the community and directed staff to evaluate marijuana related activities. In order for the Council and the community to retain control and decide what uses are appropriate here in Concord, and where, the City Council has directed staff to prepare a ban on various uses. This ban would be in effect only until such time as marijuana related activities can be evaluated and regulations developed that are consistent with the community’s desires. The proposed ban will be considered by the City Council at its meeting on November 14, 2017.

This page was developed to provide a central location for information related to this effort and will be updated as regulations are considered.

Proposition 64

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate, and Tax AUMA, which legalized adult (recreational) marijuana use.

Effective November 9, 2016, the AUMA makes it legal for persons 21 years or older to:

  • Possess, plant, cultivate, harvest, dry, or process up to six living marijuana plants per legal dwelling unit for personal use
  • Possess, process, transport, purchase, obtain, give away without compensation to persons 21 years or older 28.5 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrated marijuana
  • Smoke or ingest marijuana or marijuana products


The AUMA created a State regulatory and licensing system governing the commercial cultivation, testing, and distribution of adult-use marijuana, and the manufacturing of adult-use marijuana products.The AUMA permits local jurisdictions to regulate and/or ban adult-use marijuana, related to the following:

  • Cultivation
  • Distribution and delivery
  • Manufacturing
  • Micro-marijuana facilities
  • Retail stores (both storefront and non-storefront)
  • Testing laboratories
  • Transportation

Existing Concord Regulations & License Application

Consistent with State law, currently the City of Concord allows only the following uses:

  • Delivery of medicinal cannabis to qualified patients from licensed cannabis retail businesses located outside of Concord
  • Indoor cultivation of up to six cannabis plants per dwelling unit for personal use (medicinal and adult use) (No City Cannabis License required)
  • Medicinal and adult-use cannabis testing facilities
  • Medicinal cannabis distributers (must also obtain corresponding manufacturer license)
  • Medicinal cannabis manufacturers

Cannabis License

Permitted cannabis businesses require a City Cannabis License (PDF), land use approval, State Cannabis License, and City Business License. Once completed, call the Code Enforcement Division at 925-671-3075 and schedule an appointment to submit the application.


The City contracted with Godbe Research to conduct a statistically valid survey related to various marijuana uses to better understand the community’s support or opposition to the types of uses and where they may be permitted. The survey results will assist the City Council and staff in developing policies, based on feedback that is representative of Concord’s demographics. The survey was conducted in late August 2017. The survey results (PDF) were presented to the public and the City Council at the October 24, 2017 City Council Meeting.

Tentative Schedule

No public meetings for developing cannabis regulations are scheduled at this time. The tentatively schedule is not anticipated to be available until 2019.

Meetings / Topic

The City Council and Planning Commission have conducted meetings to consider policy direction related to marijuana uses. View the agenda and meetings for this topic, meeting videos and annotated agendas (action minutes) are also available.

Mailing List

If you would like to be added to the mailing list please email the Cannabis Planning email.