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Town Council Will Consider Adoption Of Proposed Cannabis Ordinance

Post Date:03/19/2018 1:30 PM
A Message from Town Manager, Jeremy Dennis:

Dear Portola Valley Residents,

On Wednesday, March 28th at 7 pm, the Town Council will consider adopting a Cannabis Ordinance. The Ordinance is the result of several public hearings held by the Planning Commission on proposed regulations for commercial cannabis activities within the Town limits. The proposed Ordinance divides cannabis activities into three major areas:

  1. Permitted Personal Use -- The proposed Ordinance permits personal cultivation, both inside and outside, up to the State permitted six plants, and places certain restrictions on personal cultivation.  In addition, the Ordinance permits the transportation of cannabis on public roads and the lawful delivery of cannabis to a customer within the Town, provided a State permit is obtained by the delivery services.

  2. Permitted Small Scale Cannabis Cultivation – The Ordinance permits commercial cultivation of up to twelve plants on residentially zoned parcels provided both a State permit and a local Commercial Cannabis permit are obtained and certain buffers are observed.

  3. Prohibited Other Commercial Cannabis Activity –The Ordinance bans all other commercial cannabis activity, including dispensaries.

We invite you to add your voice to the discussion by attending the upcoming Town Council meeting. If you’re unable to attend, please email your comments to Arly Cassidy, Interim Planning Director, at by Tuesday, March 27th, 5 pm. Your written comments will be shared with the Town Council.

The Town Council agenda packet, which will include the Cannabis Ordinance staff report, will be available Friday, March 23rd, by 5 pm. To view the agenda packet and staff report, please visit:

Thank you,
Jeremy Dennis
Town Manager
650.851.1700 Ext. 215

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