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Cannabis Regulations

Cannabis Special Event Guidelines are now available.


On June 17th, City Staff has an item on the agenda: Update on Cannabis Permits and Litigation; Review of Permit Categories and Numbers; Review of Application Criteria; and Adoption of Resolution to Establish Microbusiness Permits. To view the agenda and packet, please visit: http://sanbernardinocityca.iqm2.com/Citizens/Board/1000-Mayor-and-City-Council-of-the-City-of-San-Bernardino

At the December 4th Council Meeting, Mayor and City Council awarded SCI Consulting a 3 year Cannabis Monitoring and Financial Audit Services Agreement Contract. 

On 7/17/19: The Mayor and City Council adopted Ordinance No. MC-1519 amending section 5.10.250 of the SBMC relating to the location of cannabis businesses and approving DCA 19-01 amending Chapter 19-02 (Basic Provisions), Chapter 19.06 (Commercial Zones), Chapter 19.10 (Industrial Zones) and Chapter 19.70 (Temporary Use Permits) of the City of San Bernardino Development Code relating to Commercial Cannabis Activities pursuant to Chapter 5.10. For the complete staff report, please visit the City's agenda portal link here: http://sanbernardinocityca.iqm2.com/Citizens/Board/1000-Mayor-and-City-Council-of-the-City-of-San-Bernardino

As of 6/17/19: The City of San Bernardino has released an RFP for Cannabis Management Services. This RFP will be open until 7/17/19. For more information please visit: /services/request_for_bids/all_bids.asp

The City of San Bernardino has extended contract services with HdL for Cannabis Management Services. The City will also advertise an RFP within the next 60 days for Cannabis Management Services.

At the meeting of 2/21/19, the Mayor & City Council have awarded 16 Commercial Cannabis Business Permits: 5 - Retail,

5 - Microbusiness, 4 - Cultivation, 1 - Manufacturing & 1 - Distribution

At this time we are not talking new applications. 

If you have questions on this update or the process, please email Stephanie Sanchez at sanchez_stephanie@sbcity.org.


Smoking Cannabis in Public Places

The Mayor and City Council adopted Ordinance (MC-1465) on March 7, 2018, designed to create a healthy community by regulating the smoking – including vaping – of cannabis in public. This is regulated by Municipal Code Chapter 8.97.

Below is a brief summary of the Ordinance:

1. Cannabis inhaling and smoking shall be prohibited within one thousand (1,000) feet of any of the following:

i. Any school (k-12) regardless if it is a public, private or charter school;
ii. Day care center as defined in Section 1596.76 of the Health and Safety Code;
iii. Youth center as defined in Section 11353.1 of the Health and Safety Code;
iv. Any library, park, bicycle paths or area in which the primary purpose is used for minors; and
v. Any alcohol rehabilitation center or substance abuse facility.

2. Smoking and inhaling of cannabis products are prohibited in the following places:

i. Dining areas;
ii. Public places (farmers market, parade, craft fair, event space, etc.);
iii. Recreational areas (parks, playgrounds, sports fields, picnic area, hiking trail, bike path, etc.);
iv. Service areas;
v. Places of employment; and
vi. Any area within 50 feet of any door, window, opening, or vent, into a public place, dining area, service area, or recreational area except for such areas on private residential property.

3. A private property owner or business owner may authorize a Designated Smoking Area in an unenclosed area of his or her private property, provided it complies with all provisions of this Ordinance.

Personal Cultivation in Private Residence

The Mayor and City Council adopted Ordinance (MC-1466) on March 7, 2018, establishing regulations for the personal cultivation of cannabis within private residences in Municipal Code Chapter 8.99.

Below is a brief summary of the Ordinance:

1. Ordinance allows for indoor cultivation of cannabis (six or less plants) in a private residence or accessory structure in a manner that will ensure any cultivation is safe, secure, and does not create a public nuisance to others living in the City.

i. This includes cultivation of medical and nonmedical cannabis for personal use.

2. There is a mandatory annual Personal Cultivation in Private Residence Fee of $72 effective June 4, 2018. People may register at the Business Registration Office, 201 North E Street, Space 201A, San Bernardino, CA 92401.

3. Outdoor cannabis cultivation (i.e. in the open air) is prohibited within all zoning districts.

Full regulation details including enclosure requirements, consent of property owners, and other restrictions may be read online by clicking here.

Commercial Cannabis Activity

The Mayor and City Council amended Ordinance MC-1464 in September 2018, regulating commercial cannabis activities in the City as reflected in Municipal Code Chapter 5.10. The current Ordinance (MC-1503) reflects the updated regulations.

Cannabis Special Event Guidelines

For more information on the Cannabis Special Events Guidelines, click the link.

Special Event Permit Application


Measure O

Measure O, a citizen-sponsored cannabis initiative which City of San Bernardino voters approved in November 2016, was deemed invalid and unenforceable in its entirety by the Superior Court on February 28.

The Superior Court in its final ruling stated, “…Measure O is invalid. It creates a zoning monopoly for the dispensing of marijuana, due to “spot zoning” which lacks a rational basis. It allows only two addresses within the City to qualify for business licenses for the dispensing of marijuana.” Those addresses are the only two locations that have been issued permits, which have been revoked as a result of the Court’s decision. 

Contact Information

For updates regarding the implementation process, please contact Stephanie Sanchez at Sanchez_Stephanie@SBCity.org.