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CANNABIS AMENDMENTS TO COUNTY ORDINANCE NOW IN EFFECTRegulations within the Coastal Zone Pending Review and Certification by the California Coastal Commission
Through a public process that began in early 2017, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted amendments to the Land Use Development Code, Montecito Land Use Development Code, and Article II for land use in the Coastal Zone to address permitting of cannabis operations in the unincorporated portions of the County. The Board also adopted a Cannabis Business License Ordinance in May 2018. The land use amendments and business license ordinance became operational on Tuesday, June 5 for areas outside of the Coastal Zone. These regulations within the Coastal Zone are pending review and certification by the California Coastal Commission.
What is Measure T2018? (Taxation of Cannabis Operations)
Approved by a majority of voters on June 5, 2018, Measure T2018 authorizes the County to impose a tax on cannabis operations within the unincorporated area of the County. If passed, beginning July 1, 2018 every person who engages in cannabis operations, including the cultivating, manufacturing, producing, preparing, storing, providing, donating, selling, or distributing cannabis or cannabis products within the unincorporated area of the County would pay to the Treasurer-Tax Collector a tax on the gross receipts of their operation's activities involving cannabis or cannabis products, as follows:
- Nursery: 1% of gross receipts, and
- Distributor (excluding Distributor Transport Only): 1% of gross receipts; and
- Manufacturing: 3% of gross receipts; and
- Cultivation: 4% of gross receipts; and
- Retail: 6% of gross receipts; and
- Microbusiness: 6% of gross receipts.
The tax would be a general tax as authorized by California Constitution Article XIII C Section 2 and Cal. Gov. Code Section 53723 as may be amended. As a general tax, the revenue generated may be used for any general governmental purpose.
Final PEIR Available
The Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is now available (for details, also see the flier). The Montecito Planning Commission, County Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors will conduct public hearings regarding the Project and the Final PEIR at the dates and times listed in the calendar below.
County Letter for Temporary State Cannabis Licenses
On December 14, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved a letter that medical cannabis cultivators, that believe they are legal non-conforming under Chapter 35-1003, may request from the County. This letter is required only for entities or individuals applying for Temporary State Cultivation licenses. Please send a request for the County of Santa Barbara Temporary State License Letter, a copy of a sworn affidavit (sample below) and other requested documents (see the bottom of the sample affidavit) to firstname.lastname@example.org. County staff will return your County letter within 24-36 hours via email for submittal with your request to the State for a Temporary License.
The Bureau of Cannabis Control had released the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations. These proposed regulations can be viewed here.
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