On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64 – The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“AUMA”) – legalizing recreational marijuana use throughout the State.

The City of Palm Desert is now reviewing its land use and business regulations related to marijuana/cannabis to ensure compliance with the new State law and any provisions established by the new Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulations, also known as the Bureau of Marijuana Control (“BMC”).

Currently, Palm Desert's Municipal Code prohibits all cannabis related land uses and businesses from operating in City limits. This includes dispensaries, manufacturing facilities, cultivation and delivery, for both recreational and medicinal use.

However, per the new State law, adults age 21 and over are permitted to use marijuana in a non-public setting. Homeowners are also permitted to grow up to six (6) plants at their residence. In response to these immediate changes, the City has established a “Cannabis Committee” to explore regulatory options.

In the interim, the BMC is creating several licensing types for cannabis-related businesses. Licensing will not begin until January 2018. Because the State will not be issuing licenses until 2018 all commercial operations in the City continue to be prohibited.

The Cannabis Committee will meet in late February to review potential Municipal Code changes. Any recommendations made by the Committee will be posted on this webpage and interested parties are encouraged to check this page periodically for updates.

For more information regarding current or future regulations in Palm Desert, please contact Palm Desert Principal Planner Eric Ceja at (760) 346-0611 or eceja@cityofpalmdesert.org.