Cannabis cultivation and commercial cannabis activities are, with certain exceptions, banned in Calaveras County.
1. Personal cultivation - The County allows up to six plants to be grown per household (not per person) without submitting an application or receiving a permit from the County.
- The six plant limit applies regardless of whether the cannabis is for medical or non-medical use.
- The six plant limit also applies regardless of the size or maturity of the plants. In other words, you cannot have six large plants and additional seedlings; the total amount allowed is six plants.
- Personal cultivation is not allowed within 75 feet of your neighbor’s property line.
- No cultivation is allowed in the common areas of a multi-family dwelling, residential development, mobile home park, or similar residential arrangement.
(See §17.95.050.C for more information on “non-commercial cultivation.”)
2. Commercial Cultivation - The new ordinance allows certain eligible individuals or business entities to apply for the privilege to cultivate commercially on parcels of 20 acres or more zoned U, RA, A1, AP and GF. It also allows for consideration of a conditional use permit for cultivation on parcels between 10 and 20 acres in the same zones. Indoor cultivation is also permitted in the industrial zones of M1, M2 and M4. Limited indoor cultivation is also permitted in the CP zone as a part of a cannabis retailer operation, and permitted cultivators with self-distribution licenses will be allowed to transport their own cannabis in accordance with state law. Eligible applicants can apply for outdoor cultivation permits, indoor cultivation permits, mixed light cultivation permits, processor licenses, and nursery licenses. To find out if you are eligible to apply for a commercial cannabis permit see below.
(See §17.95.050.D of The County Code for more information)
3. Self-Distribution, Transport Only - Anyone who receives a permit for cultivation site, processing facility, or nursery is authorized by the County to apply for a Self-Distribution Transport Only license from the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
4. Cannabis Retail activities are governed by Chapter 17.91 of the County Code.
NOTE: No commercial cultivation activities are permitted until a permit has been VALIDATED by the County. A permit is not validated until the applicant has received both a state and local permit.