Adult Cannabis Cultivation

Adult Cannabis Cultivation

ZA19-00007 and LCPA20-00008

On August 21, 2019, City Council directed staff to prepare appropriate amendments to the Municipal Code and Zoning Ordinance to allow the twelve cultivators with Local Licenses and Conditional Use Permits to engage in cannabis cultivation for adult use.

The City of Oceanside proposes a Zoning Code and Chapter 7 Article XIII Municipal Code amendment in order to allow cultivation for adult-use. By limiting cultivation to medical only, licensed cultivators were restricted to conduct business with a small percentage of the available market in California. Expanding cultivation to include adult use gives licensed cultivators the ability to sell product to the entire California cannabis market, increasing the product viability and profits. The zoning ordinance text amendment includes changes to the definitions (Article 4), agricultural district (Article 14) as well as regulated use provisions (Article 36) to allow adult-cannabis cultivation facilities only on properties within certain zoning districts located east of I-5 and beyond coastal zone limits as follows:

  • Cultivation: Agricultural - A District
  • Nursery: Agricultural - A District    

The proposed ordinance, in and of itself, would not occasion land development or any other material change to the environment.  Projects subject to the amended provisions would be subject to separate CEQA review.  Therefore, the project is exempt, in accordance with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15061 (b) (3), there is no possibility the proposed zoning text amendment may have a significant effect on the environment and therefore is not subject to CEQA review.

The Notice of Availability for Zoning and Text Amendments (ZA19-00007) and Local Coastal Program Amendments (LCPA20-00008) amending Articles 4, 14, and 36 of Zoning ordinance and establishing the amended Article 4 and 36 as part of the implementing document of the Local Coastal Program is available here.

Information regarding the City's cannabis facilities program can be found here.