City of Ojai Cannabis Information
On November 8, 2016, California voters adopted Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“AUMA”), legalizing recreational cannabis use for persons over 21 years of age. The City of Ojai retains its authority to regulate or ban commercial cannabis activities and retains some power to regulate medical cannabis activities and personal recreational cannabis activities in the City.
On November 15, 2016, Ojai City Council approved an urgency ordinance regulating the use and cultivation of cannabis and adding a new Chapter 26 to Title 4 of the Ojai Municipal Code.
No person may engage in any commercial cannabis business within the City of Ojai including but not limited to cultivation, manufacturing, laboratory testing, transporting, dispensing, hosting special events, distribution, or sale of cannabis or cannabis products unless the person:
- Has a valid Commercial Cannabis Business Permit from the City of Ojai;
- Has a valid State Seller’ s Permit; and
- Is currently in compliance with all applicable state and local laws and regulations pertaining to the commercial cannabis business and the commercial cannabis activities, including the duty to obtain a City business registration certificate and any required state licenses. Engaging in a commercial cannabis business or in any commercial cannabis activity includes establishing, owning, managing, conducting, leasing to, operating, causing, permitting, aiding, abetting, suffering or concealing the fact of such an act.
Cannabis Delivery and Dispensary Applications
Currently, all available permits for these services have been issued. The City of Ojai is not accepting applications at this time.
Cannabis Testing Laboratory Application
An application for these services may be obtained by clicking here, or by visiting Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura Street. Applications must be submitted to Ojai City Hall.
Cannabis Manufacturing and Distribution Applications and Regulations
An application and regulations for these services may be obtained by clicking here, or by visiting Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura Street. Applications must be received at Ojai City Hall by Friday, September 6, 2019. Postmarks will not be accepted.
The City Manager may issue a cannabis microbusiness or cannabis manufacturing license upon finding that:
- The applicant has submitted all required application information and paid the required fee,
- The applicant meets all applicable requirements of the Ojai Municipal Code and these regulations,
- Issuing the license would not create a public nuisance.
- The applicant has demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the City Manager, that the proposed cannabis microbusiness or cannabis manufacturing business will not be adverse to and will best protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare.
At this time, applications for these services are not yet available.
Prohibited Cannabis Activities
Except as specifically allowed by Sections 4-26.04 and 4-26.06 of the City’s Municipal code and applicable State law, all cannabis activity, cultivation, and businesses shall be prohibited within the City of Ojai, regardless of any licenses issued under State law. This prohibition shall not prevent indoor cultivation of cannabis for personal use by a person over twenty-one (21) years of age, conducted in accord with applicable State law and inside a private residence or inside an accessory structure to a private residence located upon the grounds of the private residence.
Outdoor cultivation is prohibited. No person may cultivate cannabis outdoors in any zoning district of the City. No conditional use permit, building permit, variance, or any other permit or entitlement, whether ministerial or discretionary, shall be approved or issued for any such use or activity.
Smoking or consumption of cannabis is prohibited in public places. Within the City’s limits, no person may smoke or ingest cannabis or cannabinoid preparations in any public place or in any location where smoking tobacco is prohibited.
To view the City of Ojai municipal code of prohibited cannabis activities, please click here.
California Cannabis Web Portal
California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC)
The California Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB)
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)