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Looking for information about cannabis personal use? Do you own a cannabis delivery company and deliver in Redwood City or do you own a cannabis related business and want to expand in Redwood City?


On January 1, 2018, regulations went into effect that made the purchase of recreational cannabis by adults legal in California. Medical cannabis use has been legal in California since 1996. Cannabis remains classified as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, and its purchase, possession, distribution, or use within California is unlawful under federal law. For a brief history of the California laws associated with the recreational and medical use of cannabis, go here.


In this special edition digital newsletter learn about the new cannabis regulations and how they are applied in Redwood City. 


Personal Use


Under California law, adults 21 or older can use, carry, and grow cannabis (i.e. marijuana, weed, or pot). Buying cannabis became legal for adults 21 or older January 1, 2018. Individuals can consume cannabis on private property but cannot consume, smoke, eat, or vape cannabis in public places. Property owners and landlords may ban the use and possession of cannabis on their properties.


Individuals cannot smoke cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present. Adults 21 and older can buy and possess up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis and up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis. Individuals can also plant, harvest, dry, and process up to six cannabis plants in a private residence or on the grounds of a residence. In Redwood City, all plants must be grown indoors such as in the residence or in a green house in the rear yard.


In Redwood City, as of January 2018 delivery of personal recreational is allowed and delivery of medical cannabis was already allowed prior to January 2018.


For more details about personal use of cannabis, go here.

Personal Growing of Cannabis in Redwood City


California State law, as of November 9, 2016, allows cannabis to be grown at home. In Redwood City, this means a limit of indoor cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, per household. Outdoor personal cannabis cultivation is not allowed in Redwood City. All commercial cultivation, whether indoor or outdoor, is banned.


For tips for safely growing at home, read this blog post.

Responsible Use and Storage of Personal Cannabis


For tips on responsible use and storage of personal cannabis, go here


Additional resources are available through the California Department of Public Health, here.


Redwood City's Approach to Cannabis Businesses 


Delivery of medical cannabis has been allowed in Redwood City since 2016. The City Council approved a phased approach to implementing local adult use cannabis regulations. City staff are actively working to develop the regulations associated with each phase, and many phases will return to the City Council for further discussion and approval in April. For more details on the phased approach go here.


Cannabis Delivery businesses delivering cannabis to Redwood City customers are required to obtain a City business license. For details on the City's business license, go here



Redwood City has established a three-step process to review applications for a Cannabis Business Permit to operate in the City of Redwood City. The permit would allow businesses in Redwood City to operate cannabis delivery centers. The City's deadline to submit a Cannabis Business Permit Application was December 3, 2018. The City received six Business Permit applications. Notification of Cannabis Business Permit decisions for all applications is scheduled by March 1, 2019. Walk-in cannabis retail sales continues to be prohibited in Redwood City.


Learn more about the City's Cannabis business permit process, here.



More Resources 

For more information about the proposed regulations, go here.


For frequently asked questions, go. 



For the State of California Cannabis Portal, go here.


What's Legal for Adult Use and Adult Home Growing?


What is Legal for Cannabis Businesses?






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