Know After You Grow

The County Board of Supervisors has established permanent regulations for cannabis activities in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. While some cannabis-related business activities will be allowed, they will be limited. Read the full ordinances

NOTE: Land use permit applications will not be accepted until the ordinances become effective. The inland ordinance will become effective on December 31, 2017. The coastal zone ordinance will become effective if it is certified by the California Coastal Commission. Staff is unable to anticipate an effective date for the coastal zone ordinance.

Cannabis Manufacturing 

Where can I manufacture cannabis? Manufacturing facilities will be allowed in the Commercial Service, Industrial, and Agriculture land use categories. Manufacturing in the Agriculture land use category will be limited to the raw cannabis materials grown onsite, meaning the applicant will also need permits and licenses for cannabis cultivation. The coastal zone ordinance will not allow manufacturing in the Agriculture land use category on sites identified as prime soils. Manufacturing in the Commercial Service land use category must be located within an Urban Reserve Line (URL).

Are there limitations on how or what I can manufacture? Only non-volatile manufacturing is allowed. Volatile manufacturing (requiring a Type 7 state license) is prohibited. Edibles that are manufactured cannot resemble people, animals, insects, or fruit.

What permit do I need? A Minor Use Permit is required for most cannabis manufacturing. A Conditional Use Permit is required for manufacturing facilities ≥ 40,000 square-feet. A Conditional Use Permit is required for applicants proposing multiple cannabis activities per site (e.g. cultivation and manufacturing). A Conditional Use Permit is also required for sites that have had previous cannabis-related violations within the last two years.

What do I need to submit with my application? Please see our Cannabis Activities Land Use Permit Application Checklist for more information

Cannabis Testing

Where can I test cannabis? Testing facilities will be allowed in the Commercial Service and Industrial land use categories. Testing facilities in the Commercial Service land use category must be located within an Urban Reserve Line (URL).

What permit do I need to test cannabis? A Minor Use Permit is required for most cannabis testing facilities. A Conditional Use Permit is required for testing facilities ≥ 20,000 square-feet. A Conditional Use Permit is required for applicants proposing multiple cannabis activities per site (e.g. testing and distribution). A Conditional Use Permit is also required for sites that have had previous cannabis-related violations within the last two years.

What do I need to submit with my application to test cannabis? Please see our Cannabis Activities Land Use Permit Application Checklist for more information

Cannabis Distribution

Where can I have a cannabis distribution facility? Distribution facilities are allowed in the Commercial Service and Industrial land use categories. Distribution facilities in the Commercial Service land use category must be located within an Urban Reserve Line (URL).

What permit do I need? A Minor Use Permit is required for most cannabis distribution facilities. A Conditional Use Permit is required for applicants proposing multiple cannabis activities per site (e.g. cultivation and manufacturing). A Conditional Use Permit is also required for sites that have had previous cannabis-related violations within the last two years.

What do I need to submit with my application? Please see our Cannabis Activities Land Use Permit Application Checklist for more information

Cannabis Dispensaries

Where can I sell cannabis? Dispensaries will be allowed in the Commercial Service, Industrial, Rural Lands, Residential Rural, and Agriculture land use categories. Dispensaries in the Agriculture, Rural Lands, and Residential Rural land use categories will be limited to the raw cannabis materials grown or produced onsite, meaning the applicant would also need permits and licenses to cultivate and/or manufacture on the same site. Dispensaries in the Commercial Service land use category will have to be located within an Urban Reserve Line (URL). The coastal zone ordinance will not allow dispensaries in the Agriculture land use category on sites identified as prime soils.

Can I have a store front dispensary? Can I have a delivery service dispensary? All dispensaries will be limited to mobile-deliveries only, meaning no dispensaries will have stores that are open to the public. Non-storefront dispensaries are those that require a Type 9 State licenses. Storefront dispensaries, requiring a Type 10 State license, are prohibited.

Deliveries are allowed from legally established and permitted dispensaries. All sales must be made either via phone, internet, mail, or other remote method, and will be delivered by the dispensary to the customer. The dispensary would not be required to be located within the County of San Luis Obispo jurisdiction, but to obtain a local business license the applicant would be required to provide evidence of authorization from the originating jurisdiction.

Dispensaries will not be open to the public for retail sales, but will be required to operate out of a permanent permitted structure. Dispensaries operating outside a permanent permitted structure will not be allowed. This would include dispensaries operating like a food truck.

Can I sell medical and adult-use cannabis? Yes. The County’s land use regulations do not distinguish between medical and adult-use cannabis.

What permit do I need? A Minor Use Permit is required for most cannabis dispensaries. A Conditional Use Permit is required for applicants proposing multiple cannabis activities per site (e.g. cultivation and dispensary). A Conditional Use Permit is also required for sites that have had previous cannabis-related violations within the last two years.

What do I need to submit with my application? Please see our Cannabis Activities Land Use Permit Application Checklist for more information