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.