Cannabis FAQs

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The City of West Sacramento, like other cities in California, has set local regulations regarding legal adult use and cannabis business operations.


Medical use of cannabis has been legal in California since Proposition 215, the “Compassionate Use Act,” passed in 1996 (Cal. Health & Safety (H&S) § 11362.5). In 2015, the California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) was adopted, which created a complex licensing system for commercial production and sales of medicinal marijuana. Those regulations were still under development when Proposition 64 was approved in November 2016. With the passage of Proposition 64, recreational cannabis (non-medicinal) became legal for adults in California and required a licensing and regulatory structure for adult-use cannabis businesses. Since that time, the State passed SB 94, the “Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act” (MAUCRSA), to clarify and reconcile the two licensing and regulatory schemes for medicinal and adult-use cannabis. The City of West Sacramento has also updated its own Municipal Code to be compliant with state law.

*This FAQ is meant to serve as a broad overview of what is legal and not legal in the City of West Sacramento with respect to cannabis. Persons should consult state law and the City’s Municipal Code for further information.


  • Cannabis FAQ's
  • Are retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products allowed in the City?
  • Can I cultivate cannabis at my residence?
  • Do I need a State license to operate a commercial cannabis business?
  • I rent my home. Can my landlord prevent me from cultivating cannabis?
  • If I notice someone cultivating cannabis and I am concerned about it, what should I do?
  • Is smoking cannabis prohibited anywhere in the City?
  • What about potential health concerns?
  • What types of commercial cannabis businesses does the City allow?
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