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Over the last several years, California voters and the state legislature created a legal framework to enable the cannabis industry to move into a regulated commercial market. In response to these changes, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to initiate the process to establish potential ordinances to create a comprehensive local program to permit and regulate medical and adult-use cannabis businesses and cannabis activities. The Board’s direction was that any proposed ordinances created must protect the health and safety of our communities, preserve our environmental resources, prevent access to youth and ensure that the industry contributes positively to the economic vitality of our County. The Board’s direction was just the first step.  Any ordinance will still need to come back to the Board for consideration and approval before any permits of any kind can be issued for cannabis businesses and cannabis activities.  Until adoption of a final ordinance by the Board, medical and adult-use cannabis businesses and cannabis activities remain banned in the unincorporated area. This webpage serves as central location for the multi-department implementation of the County’s Cannabis Program.

We are committed to keeping the citizens of the County of Riverside informed on the facts and facets of cannabis legalization in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County.

Quick Facts About Cannabis in Riverside County

   -   On November 8, 2016, the California voters approve Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“AUMA”), which legalized adult recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. On June 27, 2017 the Governor signed Bill 94, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”). However, currently, all cannabis businesses and cannabis activities are banned in unincorporated areas of Riverside County. This includes cultivating, manufacturing, processing, storing, testing, labeling, distributing, delivering, or selling medical or adult-use cannabis and cannabis products. This ban will remain in place until the County adopts a comprehensive regulatory framework for cannabis businesses.
   -   All cannabis businesses and cannabis activities are currently prohibited within the unincorporated areas of the County of Riverside. To report an unpermitted business or activity, please contact the Riverside County code Enforcement Department at (951) 955-2004 or email: code@rivco.org
   -   In addition to any licenses required by a local jurisdiction, cannabis businesses must obtain a state license prior to operating. More information on state licensing is available here.
   -   If you are located within an incorporated city, please contact that city to inquire about the city’s regulations. The County will be responsible for permitting in the unincorporated areas only.
   -   Proposition 64 prohibits adults from smoking cannabis in any public place and where smoking tobacco is prohibited. If you are a renter, or you live in subsidized housing, then your lease or rental agreement may prohibit you from consuming cannabis in your unit.  Additionally, Ordinance No. 866 prohibits smoking cannabis in any County owned, leased, or operated property. Proposition 64 prohibits smoking cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present. Proposition 64 does not change existing laws making it illegal to drive while under the influence of cannabis.
   -   Under Proposition 64, adults age 21+ can possess up to 28.5 grams of dried cannabis flower and up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis. However, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”) continues to recognize local control and the state cannot approve licenses for cannabis businesses and cannabis activities if the license would not be in compliance with the local government’s ordinances or regulations.
   -   For more details about above information or additional information about cannabis, please refer to our FAQ page.
   -   If you’d like to receive news, updates and alerts from the County of Riverside regarding cannabis regulations, please click here.
   -   If you would like to leave a comment or provide your input, please visit our Public Input page

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