Arcata’s New Cannabis Ordinance Takes Effect July 6
This is a press release from the City of Arcata:
Arcata, CA, June 15, 2018 – The City of Arcata has adopted new standards regarding adult-use cannabis retail sales and services, which will take effect on Friday, July 6.
At the Arcata City Council meeting held on June 6, 2018, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt City Ordinance No. 1501, which amended zoning regulations pertaining to cannabis retail sales and services. These zoning changes are a result of new state laws legalizing recreational adult-use cannabis and community input provided over the past year.
The new ordinance allows retail cannabis sales and services in commercial and light industrial districts including downtown and central Arcata, Northtown, Valley West, the industrial areas of South G Street, the Creamery District, West End Road/Aldergrove and the neighborhood commercial areas.
Businesses primarily conducting cannabis retail sales and services are now required to receive a Use Permit from the City’s Planning Commission. The permit process will allow the community to provide input on a cannabis business’s potential impacts to the public’s health, safety and welfare before the permit can be issued. In addition, all businesses, whether cannabis is the primary activity or a small part of the business, will be required to have a City Commercial Cannabis Activity Permit and California state license.
The ordinance limits the number of Use Permits to 15 businesses within the Arcata city limits. It also prohibits businesses on the Plaza that primarily focus on adult-use cannabis retail sales and services. In addition, no more than one cannabis retail and service-based business will be allowed to operate in each neighborhood commercial district including the Westwood, Sunny Brae, Greenview and Bayside districts.
The ordinance allows non-cannabis retail stores to have a small inventory of cannabis accessory products. Cannabis accessory sales are not limited to the 15-permit cap, and will be allowed in most commercial zones including the Plaza and Cannabis Innovation Zones.
All business selling cannabis products are required to apply for all state and city licenses, including those that provide retail sales of both medicinal and adult-use cannabis directly to consumers, and businesses providing a service to individuals that includes the use of cannabis products.
Cannabis consumers are limited in where they are able to use cannabis products since state law prohibits cannabis from being consumed or used in public, and the City of Arcata also prohibits smoking tobacco and cannabis products in places of employment. The new standards allow for on- and off-site cannabis consumption or use as allowed per California state law, but the new ordinance did not revise the City’s “places of employment” smoking prohibition.
The City of Arcata Community Development Department will begin accepting Use Permit and Commercial Cannabis Activity Permit applications for cannabis retail sales and service businesses on Friday, July 6, when the new standards take effect.
For more information, please call 707-825-2139.