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Cannabis Commission


Mission:
To ensure that cannabis provision in Berkeley is conducted in a safe and orderly manner to protect the welfare of Qualified Patients and the community. The commission shall consist of nine members.  At least one commissioner shall be a member of a medical cannabis dispensary, one shall be a member of a collective that is not a dispensary, and one shall be a cultivator who is not primarily associated with a single dispensary and provides medical cannabis to more than one dispensary.
 
Meetings:
City Hall, Redwood Conference Room
2180 Milvia Street, Sixth Floor
1st Thursday of the month, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., except as noted.
Please check the community calendar to verify.

2018 Draft Changes to Berkeley’s Cannabis Regulations:
In 2018, the City Council will consider changes to the existing cannabis regulations.  These changes could allow adult use businesses to locate in the City (beyond what is permitted in the current ordinance) and would update the existing ordinance to be consistent with the new State regulations. (MAUCRSA-https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayexpandedbranch.xhtml?tocCode=BPC&division=10.&title=&part=&chapter=&article)

The draft ordinances and a selection process for businesses will be considered by the Cannabis Commission at it January 18th and February 1st meetings.  The draft language will be included in the packets for those meetings.  Public comment on the ordinances and selection process will be taken at the meetings and can also be submitted in writing to the Commission Secretary.

The Council is expected to consider the draft ordinances and selection process at a meeting in April or May 2018.

Existing Regulations:

Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and Collectives:
No new dispensaries will be considered at this time.

Regulations for medical cannabis dispensaries and medical cannabis collectives are found in BMC Chapter 12.2612.27 and in Zoning Ordinance Section 23E.16.070.  The Council has selected six dispensaries to operate in Berkeley, which is the maximum number permitted by the Zoning Ordinance.  In late 2017, the Council voted to allow existing, legally established medical cannabis dispensaries to apply for a temporary license to sell adult use cannabis.  These temporary licenses will expire once a permanent license process for adult use sales is established.

Cultivation Businesses:
No commercial cultivation is currently permitted in Berkeley. 
The Council approved commercial cultivation regulations in 2017 (BMC Chapter 12.25); but the regulations will not take effect until a limitation on the number of businesses and a selection process is approved. 

Manufacturers:
Medical cannabis manufacturers are permitted in Berkeley, subject to the same local regulations as other light manufacturers, except that the product can only be sold on a wholesale basis (not directly to patients), and the business will pay taxes as a medical cannabis business.  For more information, see Zoning Ordinance Section 23E.16.070.C.

Testing Laboratories:
Medical cannabis testing labs are permitted in Berkeley, subject to the same local regulations as other testing labs, except that the business will pay taxes as a medical cannabis business.  For more information, see Zoning Ordinance Section 23E.16.070.C.

Delivery Services:
No medical cannabis delivery services are currently permitted in Berkeley.

Distributors:
No medical cannabis distributors are currently permitted in Berkeley.

Adult Use (Recreational) Cannabis Businesses:
Only existing medical cannabis dispensaries and manufacturers are permitted to apply for a temporary adult use cannabis permit at this time.

Additional Information: 
Berkeley Ordinances related to medical cannabis: BMC Sections 12.23, 12.25, 12.26, 12.27, 23E.16.070, 23E.72.040
Bylaws - revised 10-06-2011
Commission Vacancies
Commission Roster
Business tax information
Submittal Form: Medical Cannabis Criteria and Requirements
Business License Regulations and Checklist for Medical Cannabis Businesses
Buffer maps for schools and parks - reference only - 2012
Report to Council - Cultivation of Medical Cannabis Beyond the M Zone (with estimated business tax from cultivation businesses)

Meeting Agendas and Minutes:
Agendas and Minutes are presented in PDF format. To view PDF files, download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Past Agendas and Minutes
  

2018 Agendas and Minutes: 
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*Note: Packets are amended after the meeting to include late items distributed at the meeting.

CANNABIS COMMISSION

Agendas          Packets          Minutes
     
01/18/2018 01/18/2018 01/18/2018
02/01/2018 02/01/2018 02/01/2018
02/22/2018        02/22/2018 02/22/2018
03/01/2018 03/01/2018 03/01/2018 
03/15/2018         03/15/2018 03/15/2018
04/05/2018 04/05/2018  
05/03/2018    
06/07/2018    
07/12/2018    
09/13/2018    
10/04/2018    
11/01/2018    

SUBCOMMITTEE

Agendas          Packets          Minutes
02/08/2018 02/08/2018  

Contact:
Communications to Berkeley boards, commissions or committees are public record and will become part of the City’s electronic records, which are accessible through the City’s website.  Please note: e-mail addresses, names, addresses, and other contact information are not required, but if included in any communication to a City board, commission or committee, will become part of the public record.  If you do not want your e-mail address or any other contact information to be made public, you may deliver communications via U.S. Postal Service or in person to the secretary of the relevant board, commission or committee.  If you do not want your contact information included in the public record, please do not include that information in your communication.  Please contact the secretary to the relevant board, commission or committee for further information.

The Secretary of the Commission is responsible for relaying all communications from the public to the members of the commission.  The Secretary’s contact information is listed below.

Communications received by noon Monday the week before the meeting (10 days prior to meeting) will be included in the packet of materials mailed to the Commission before the meeting. Communications received after this deadline will be distributed at the meeting. These late items will be added to the end of the agenda packet, and marked as "Late Items".

 

Secretary:
Elizabeth Greene
Planning & Development
(510) 981-7484
E-mail: EGreene@CityofBerkeley.info
Mailing Address:
Cannabis Commission
Elizabeth Greene, Secretary
1947 Center St., 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704

 

Enabling Legislation:
The Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission was established under the authority of Berkeley Municipal Code Section 12.26.110, as amended by its authorizing legislation, the Patients Access to Medical Cannabis Act of 2008 (aka Measure JJ), passed on November 4, 2008.  On November 2, 2010, Berkeley voters passed Measure T - Amendments to Medical Cannabis Regulations, making further changes to the structure and responsibilities of the Medical Cannabis Commission.  On May 16, 2017, Berkeley Municipal Code 12.26.110 was amended to change the name and mission of the Medical Cannabis Commission to include recreational cannabis.

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