Cannabis in Riverside County

On October 23, 2018, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance establishing the permitting process and regulations for commercial cannabis operations. Report is here.

Applications:

All cannabis related activities require a Conditional Use Permit (“CUP”) and an Environmental Review (“CEQA”) application upon time of submittal. A Development Agreement (“DA”) will also be required in the future, but prior to entitlement approval. All Cannabis related applications are subject to a public hearing before the Planning Commission (“PC”) and Board of Supervisors (“BOS”).

If a proposed cannabis operation is located in a Zone that does not allow the use, then a Change of Zone (“CZ”) application will also be required at time of submittal. Applicable application fees shall be paid upon time of submittal.

Application Types:

*NOTE: CUP and CZ approvals are a discretionary action by the BOS and are not guaranteed.

For now, Riverside County is only accepting the following types of cannabis related activities:

  • Cannabis Wholesale Nurseries = (State License Type 4)
    Cultivation of cannabis solely as a nursery. 1) Outdoor Cannabis Wholesale Nurseries – Allowed Zones: A-1, A-P, A-2, and A-D 2) Indoor Cannabis Wholesale Nurseries – Allowed Zones: I-P, M-SC, M-M, and M-H 3) Mixed Light Cannabis Wholesale Nurseries – Allowed Zones: A-1, A-P, A-2, and A-D
  • Cannabis Manufacturing Facility = (State License Type 6)
    Non-Volatile cannabis manufacturing/extracting. Type N – Edible or Topical Products. Type P – Packaging and Labeling Products – Allowed Zones: I-P, M-SC, M-M, and M-H
  • Cannabis Manufacturing Facility = (State License Type 7)
    Volatile cannabis manufacturing. Shared-Use Cannabis manufacturing – uses combination of volatile and non-volatile processes – Allowed Zones: I-P, M-SC, M-M, and M-H
  • Cannabis Testing Facility = (State License Type 8)
    Testing of cannabis and cannabis products – Allowed Zones: C1/C-P, C-P-S, I-P, M-SC, M-M, and M-H
  • Cannabis Distribution Facility = (State License Type 11)
    Distribution of cannabis and cannabis products from a manufacturer to dispensary. A Type 11 licensee shall be bonded and insured at a minimum level established by the licensing authority – Allowed Zones: C1/C-P, C-P-S, I-P, M-SC, M-M, and M-H

Application Types NOT currently being accepted:

  • The county does not allow outdoor cannabis cultivation, per the County’s adopted ordinance No. 348.4862
  • Cannabis activities are NOT allowed in the following Zones: R-R, R-R-O, R-1, R-1A, R-A, R-2, R-2A, R-3, R-3A, R-T, R-T-R, R-4, R-5, R-6, R-7, C/V, C-C/V, WC-R, WC-R, WC-E, W-2, R-D, N-A, W-2-M, W-1, W-E, M-R, M-R-A, and MU

There are 50 cultivation licenses and 19 retail licenses available in the unincorporated area of Riverside County – the application process for these activities is set to begin in February 2019.

The process is going to be very competitive, so let Highroad Consulting determine whether your plan is ready to win the application process.

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