General Cannabis Related Activities

The City of Shasta Lake currently allows retailer, cultivation, manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and testing in specific zones within the city, subject to a set of regulations. City issued permits are required in order to obtain State licenses.

Please see the following pages for more information on:

City of Shasta Lake Regulation of Commercial Cannabis Activities

Cannabis Application Process and Fees

Cannabis Maps and Zoning Information

General Information

Currently, the City of Shasta Lake allows for the sale and cultivation of medical marijuana within its jurisdiction via City medical marijuana/cannabis ordinance(s). At this time, the City has three medical marijuana collectives/cooperatives that operate within the City. Outdoor cannabis cultivation is allowed in residential zones, excluding vacant parcels, based on the size of the parcel which dictates the square footage of cultivation allowed.

The City's goal in permitting collective/cooperatives is: 1) Reduce and eliminate the black market for marijuana; 2) Establish reasonable and comprehensive regulations that preserve the health and safety of the community; 3) Provide access to marijuana for those who benefit from its use; 4) Establish a new source of community funds that benefit the entire community.

To date, there have not been any calls for service related to complaints requiring law enforcement to respond to a collective/cooperative in the City. Also, since January 2015, these businesses have contributed $859,450 in gross receipts tax revenue while employing approximately 30 full-time employees in well-paying jobs. With the additional revenue, the City was able to add one full time Deputy Law Enforcement Officer, and fund $50,000 towards the Business Incentive Improvement Program to assist existing businesses with improving the facade of their business.

With the passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act (MCRSA) legislation early last year, and now the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) on November 8, 2016, there will be a number of areas concerning regulation and licensing of activities under each of the acts. A majority of City of Shasta Lake voters passed Prop 64 Yes: 54.25% to No: 45.75%. Since the City has allowed medical marijuana collectives/cooperatives, some cannabis regulations are currently in place. To assist with complying with the passage of the new laws and regulations, the City has retained SCI Consulting Group to help in the development of a final comprehensive regulatory ordinance(s), cannabis tax measure (ballot initiative), and development of regulatory fees for cannabis monitoring and compliance.

It is important to note that the City is not exploring any additional marijuana retail (dispensary) sales locations. The City, in conjunction with the consultant, is exploring the allowance of cultivation and other permissable marijuana manufacturing activities. With this, the City understands that there are those in favor of legalized marijuana activities and those that are opposed.

Status of Retail Sales of Medical/Recreational Cannabis in the City of Shasta Lake

The City is not looking at establishing any additional retail outlets for either medical cannabis sales or recreational sales, thus limiting the total retail outlets to three (3). There are currently three collective retail outlets in the City of Shasta Lake: 

High Times

Leave it to Nature

Queen of Dragons

Under AUMA, the sale of recreational marijuana becomes legal effective January 1, 2018.

Status of Cultivation and Manufacturing Regulation Process in the City of Shasta Lake

The City has retained SCI Consulting of Fairfield California to assist in developing a sound path forward for the regulation of indoor/mixed light cultivation of marijuana within industrial and/or commercial manufacturing areas of the City. The consultant held a Cannabis Stakeholders and Experts Group (CSEG) meeting on January 23, 2017. The CSEG included representatives from the community and the industry to discuss concerns and goals moving forward.

As more information becomes available the City will update this website.

General Cannabis Related Links

Text of the Medical Cannabis Safety Act (Original Three Bills w/Follow up Bills):

AB 266-Medical marijuana
AB 243-Medical marijuana
SB 643-Medical marijuana
AB 2516-Medical cannabis: state cultivator license types: specialty cottage type
SB 837-State government
SB 94-Cannabis: medicinal and adult use.(2017-2018)

Proposition 64 Adult Use of Marijuana Act

Beginning November, 9, 2016

  • Adults 21 and older will be allowed to possess, transport and use up to an ounce of dried marijuana flowers and 8 grams of cannabis concentrates. This includes native Californians as well as out of state visitors.
  • Adults 21 and older can grow up to 6 marijuana plants indoors. Outdoor cultivation subject to local restrictions. Check with your city hall to be sure.
  • Criminal penalties for non-serious marijuana-related offenses, such as possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana, are reduced to misdemeanors, in some cases misdemeanors reduced to citations.
  • The California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation is renamed Bureau of Marijuana Control.
  • Powers and duties of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Department of Public Health, and Department of Food and Agriculture are expanded to include the regulation and control of the non-medical marijuana industry.
  • The Department of Food and Agriculture authorized to begin regulating the cultivation, manufacture, and sale of industrial hemp by Jan. 1, 2018
  • State commercial cultivation and retail excise taxes take effect.
  • Sales of medical marijuana to patients with valid medical marijuana ID cards become exempt from existing state sales and use tax.
  • State agencies charged with licensing of non-medical marijuana businesses must begin issuing licenses no later than this date.
  • Medical marijuana patients must obtain a new recommendation that meets the new requirements in the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.

Additional Information

Comment Form regarding General Marijuana Related Activities