Coalinga Permanent Commercial Cannabis Ordinance

On November 3, 2016 the City of Coalinga City Council adopted Ordinance No. 797 establishing permanent regulations for licensing commercial cannabis facilities within the City of Coalinga. The permanent ordinance will allow Commercial Marijuana Operations to conduct cultivation, processing, extraction, manufacturing, testing, distribution, and transportation activities under Conditional Use Permits (CUP) and Regulatory Permits within areas of the City zoned MBL. The requirement of CMOs to operate under a CUP, allows the City to strictly regulate such activities, and provides a means of enforcement for potential violations. Central to the CMO Permanent Ordinance is the inclusion of specific Minimum Operational Requirements and Restrictions, which regulate various portions of CMOs including, the registration of employees, the type of signage allowed, the distance of CMOs from schools, as well as building construction and security standards among other regulations.

In addition to the operational permits required by the CMO Permanent Ordinance, separate Employee Permits are required for each employee which includes a full DOJ background check. Finally, the CMO Permanent Ordinance includes protocols regarding the enforcement of regulations and the denial or revocation of permits. As such, the CMO Permanent Ordinance would allow CMOs to operate within the City, however, such regulations would be required to operate under the strict governance and approval of the Police Chief and Community Development Department, and would be required to operate in such a manner as to avoid the creation of public nuisance or hazard.

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Licensing Under Permanent Ordinance 797

Currently the City is accepting license applications for commercial cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution, transportation and wholesale nurseries, in accordance with the standards of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and the City’s adopted Permanent Commercial Marijuana Operations (CMO) Ordinance. The City’s ordinance does not allow for the licensing of dispensaries at this time until regulation is in place. 

As a prerequisite of submitting a license application for commercial cannabis activity, all prospective applicants shall schedule a pre-application meeting with the City by contacting Amy Martinez, Community Development Assistant at 559-935-1533 x141. The pre-application meeting includes a comprehensive review of the application process, the application, and the expectations of the City as it relates to licensing requirements such as the security plan, floor plan, cannabis operational characteristics, employee permits, licensing fees and taxes, monitoring and compliance, legal documents, ect. 

Below are all of the application documents that pertain to the permanent commerical marijuana operations licensing. Pelase contact Sean Brewer, Community Development Director with any questions at 559-935-1533 x 141 or

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Zoning Information

In accordance with the City of Coalinga’s Commercial Marijuana Operations Ordinance, licensed CMO’s are permitted within the Manufacturing and Business Light Zoning Designations (MBL). A copy of the City’s zoning map is attached below where applicants can identify property zoned locations suitable for Commercial Cannabis Activity. Also, in the ordinance is a restriction of 1,800 feet from any currently sited and future sited school (K-12). For more information regarding school siting you can view the attached map that identified locations in town outside that restriction.  


LINK: Coalinga Planning and Zoning Code

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