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Medical Cannabis Commission



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To ensure that medical cannabis provision in Berkeley is conducted in a safe and orderly manner to protect the welfare of Qualified Patients and the community.
City Hall, Redwood Conference Room
2180 Milvia Street, Sixth Floor
1st Thursday, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Please check the community calendar to verify.
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The Secretary of the Commission is responsible for relaying all communications from the public to the members of the commission.  The Secretary’s contact information is listed below.

Communications received by noon Monday the week before the meeting (10 days prior to meeting) will be included in the packet of materials mailed to the Commission before the meeting. Communications received after this deadline will be distributed at the meeting. These late items will be added to the end of the agenda packet, and marked as "Late Items".

Elizabeth Greene
Senior Planner
(510) 981-7484
Mailing Address:
Medical Cannabis Commission
Elizabeth Greene, Secretary
2120 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Enabling Legislation:
The Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission was established under the authority of Berkeley Municipal Code Section 12.26.110 as amended by its authorizing legislation, the Patients Access to Medical Cannabis Act of 2008 (aka Measure JJ), passed on November 4, 2008.  On November 2, 2010, Berkeley voters passed Measure T - Amendments to Medical Cannabis Regulations, making further changes to the structure and responsibilities of the Medical Cannabis Commission. 

New Dispensary and Collective Regulations:    
The City Council approved new regulations for medical cannabis dispensaries and collectives on July 8, 2014.  These regulations became effective on August 9, 2014 and allow the City Council to select a 4th dispensary: 
                Chapter 12.26 (revised)
                Chapter 12.27 (new)

Selection of a 4th dispensary 
The selection process for the 4th dispensary is anticipated to begin in late 2014.  Notice regarding the application process will be posted on this webpage and sent to individuals on the MCC’s interested party list.  Contact the MCC Secretary if you wish to be added to that list.

The ranking and allocation process for the 4th dispensary was approved by the City Council on July 8th.  See this document to learn what kind of information will need to be submitted as part of the dispensary application:  click here

Proposed Cultivation Regulations:
The MCC is currently developing a draft ordinance for Council consideration that would regulate medical cannabis cultivation in Berkeley. The MCC is very interested in hearing from cultivators about these regulations. Contact the MCC secretary if you have comments you would like forwarded to the MCC or Council. To review the August 6th draft of Chapter 12.28, click here.

Additional Information: 
Berkeley Ordinances related to medical cannabis: BMC section 12.26 and related Zoning Ordinance sections 
Memo from City Manager and City Attorney re: Implementation of Measure JJ (2008)
Text of Measure T (2010) and analysis   
Resolution 65008 - Ballot measure to increase the tax rate on cannabis businesses.pdf (Measure S, 2010)
Medical Marijuana Subcommittee of the City Council
Bylaws - revised 10-06-2011
Operating and Safety Standards - approved 12 18 08 
Commission Vacancies
Commission Roster 
2014 Meeting Dates
Information for paying taxes
Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research report
Submittal Form: Medical Cannabis Criteria and Requirements
Business License Regulations and Checklist for Medical Cannabis Businesses
Buffer maps for schools and parks - reference only - 2012
Report to Council - Cultivation of Medical Cannabis Beyond the M Zone (with estimated business tax from cultivation businesses)
AB 243, AB 266, SB 643 

Meeting Agendas & Minutes:
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2016 Agendas and Minutes: 
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*Note: Packets are amended after the meeting to include late items distributed at the meeting.

Agendas:      Packets:         Minutes:
01-07-2016 01-07-2016 01-07-2016
01-28-2016 Special Meeting 01-28-2016 01-28-2016
02-04-2016 02-04-2016 02-04-2016
03-03-2016 03-03-2016 03-03-2016
04-07-2016  04-07-2016  
05-05-2016 05-05-2016  

 2016 Cultivation Subcommittee:

Agendas:      Packets:        
04-06-2016 04-06-2016
04-14-2016 04-14-2016
04-28-2016 none



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