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programs, protecting the environment and the public by regulating and mitigating pesticide use, and protecting against alien and exotic pests through eradication and preventing introduction of new pest species.
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Medical Cannabis Urgency Ordinance Registration Form
On May 17, 2016, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors passed an Urgency Ordinance concerning the cultivation of medical cannabis. Part of that ordinance had a registration requirement for the cultivators of medical cannabis. Individuals wishing to implement the exemption within the new ordinance and cultivate between 26 and 99 plants per legal parcel are required to contact the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office and fill out an application to cultivate. For those individuals, that application serves as fulfilling the registration requirement. Others who wish to cultivate between 1 and 25 medical cannabis plants, may register with the Mendocino County Agricultural Commissioners office. The ordinance placed a 60 day time limit on the acceptance of registrations, so this registration process will close on July 18, 2016. Registration in either of these ways entitles the registrant to priority processing for future permit applications.
Individuals wishing to cultivate between 1 and 25 medical cannabis plants and to register with the Department of Agriculture may do so by filling out the Urgency Ordinance Registration form below.
Medical Cannabis Activity Registration Form and Informational Documents Now AvailableIn the final hours of the 2015 legislative session, the California Legislature passed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety (MMRSA) Act of 2015 that was signed by the Governor on October 9, 2015. In response to the new legislation the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors created a Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee, consisting of Supervisors John McCowen and Tom Woodhouse, to review the County’s 9.31 Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance and report back to the Board with recommended revisions to address local conditions and concerns in light of MMRSA.
The County of Mendocino intends to begin issuing permits for cannabis cultivation and other cannabis activity as defined by MMRSA, Business and Professions Code section 19300, et seq. The purpose of this form is for the County of Mendocino to assess the level of interest of persons to apply for local permits and identify operations that were in good standing prior to January 1, 2016.
Submission of this form will guarantee priority processing for local permit applications once they become available and may also assist the County in making a determination that your medical cannabis facility or entity was operating and in good standing with the County prior to January 1, 2016. However, submitting this form does not, in any way, guarantee that you will be entitled to the issuance of any permit or license which may now or hereafter be required by the County of Mendocino or State of California.
The Medical Cannabis Activity Registration Form must be submitted to the Mendocino County Department of Agriculture no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 3, 2016. Forms may be returned electronically (preferred), by mail or in person.Cannabis Activity Registration Frequently Asked Questions
Draft Table of Cannabis Cultivation Permit Types and Requirements
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