Summary of Cannabis (Marijuana) Law in City of Camarillo

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, known as the “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (“AUMA”) which includes many changes to State law in regard to recreational use of marijuana.  On June 27, 2017, SB 94 combined the medical marijuana and recreational marijuana law into the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”) and also renamed marijuana to cannabis.

On November 15, 2017, the City of Camarillo adopted an Ordinance which includes a number of provisions regarding recreational cannabis.  This article summarizes some of the provisions of Proposition 64 regarding the use of cannabis and the City Ordinance in regard to cannabis businesses, cultivation and delivery.  

Proposition 64 includes the following restrictions:

(1)        NO smoking or ingesting cannabis or cannabis products in a public place which includes any place, public or private, reasonably accessible to the public without a barrier. (Examples:  Streets, sidewalks, parks, parking lots, unfenced front yards);

(2)        NO smoking cannabis in a location where smoking tobacco is prohibited by state or local laws;

(3)        NO smoking cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, day care center, or youth center, while children are present at those locations unless in or upon the grounds of a private residence and the smoke is not detectable; 

(4)        NO smoking, ingesting, or possessing cannabis at a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present; 

(5)        NO smoking or ingesting cannabis while the driver of, or a passenger in, a motor vehicle, boat, or aircraft; 

(6)        LIMITS on possession:  28.5 grams of non-concentrated cannabis or 8 grams of cannabis in a concentrated form.  One ounce = 28.3495 grams.

The City Ordinance includes the following restrictions:

(1)        NO cannabis businesses of any type are allowed in the City including, but not limited to, cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and testing laboratories;

(2)        NO outdoor cultivation;

(3)        LIMITS on indoor cultivation.  No more than six plants inside a private residence (or in a secured residential accessory structure) subject to three requirements:  (a) written consent of Property Owner; (b) compliance with Building Code; and (c) no gas products (CO2, butane, etc.);

(4)        NO delivery of cannabis except for deliveries of medical cannabis by a caregiver to a qualified patient subject to the following requirements: (1) Deliveries are only permitted to occur from the hours of 7:00 am to 8:00 pm; (2) The delivery must be in an unmarked vehicle and (3) Deliveries are only permitted to a private residence.

Click for full text of City’s Ordinance.  City Attorney Brian Pierik may be contacted with any questions regarding the City Ordinance at 805-388-5308.