Deadline Jan 7, 2018 to offer input on Riverside County marijuana regulations

December 10, 2017 at 2:24 PM

Riverside County has set up a website to answer questions and seek public input on marijuana regulations for the county’s unincorporated areas.

County officials are currently working on a regulatory framework that would allow marijuana commerce in areas of the county that aren’t part of any city. The plan is to put a measure on the November 2018 ballot that would impose a local tax on marijuana.

If the tax fails, the county would not move forward with pot regulations.

Current county law forbids marijuana cultivation in unincorporated communities, although the passage of Proposition 64 last year allows recreational use by those 21 and older in their homes. Up to six pot plants can be kept at a residence under Prop. 64.

The county website on marijuana rules is To offer your opinion, click on “Public Input.”

Gov Brown signs SB 65

September 16, 2017 at 5:13 PM

SB 65 aims at making sure drivers or passengers in vehicles do not smoke or consume marijuana in any form.

“This bill simply makes our laws on using marijuana while driving or riding in cars consistent with our laws on consuming alcohol while driving or riding in vehicles,” Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat representing San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, said of the bill he authored.

Hill said SB 65 “enhances” Prop. 64. That proposition, which was approved by California’s voters last November, stipulated that it’s illegal to have open pot containers in vehicles but doesn’t address the use of cannabis by other passengers or in other forms.

“The bill adds marijuana consumption to the law prohibiting alcohol consumption, which is an infraction currently punishable with a base fine of $70,” Hill’s office said.

“You should be holding the steering wheel — not a joint or an edible,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Rosen said of SB 65. “There is nothing recreational, medicinal or legal about hurting someone in a car accident when you’re high. Please don’t do it.”

One of the bills that Brown vetoed also had to do with marijuana. SB 663 was aimed at ensuring cannabis packages and labels are not attractive to children.

“Current law already prohibits cannabis and cannabis products from being designed to be attractive to children,” Brown said in his veto message, while adding that state licensing authorities are already working on labeling restrictions.

Riverside Supervisors Take Step In Permitting Process

August 29, 2017 at 5:17 PM

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday directed the Office of County Counsel and other agencies to draft an ordinance that will create a permitting process for the sale and commercial cultivation of marijuana in Riverside County’s unincorporated communities. read more

New tax in 2018

February 23, 2017 at 12:07 AM

In January 2018, there will be a new 15% excise tax imposed by the state.

  • In January of 2018 the state will impose an additional 15% Excise tax on all cannabis sales.
  • Even patients with a California Patient ID card will need to pay this tax.
  • However, the good news is that patients with a CA Patient ID card will still continue to be exempt from the standard 8.75% sales tax.
  • Both recreational users and medical cannabis patients without a CA Patient ID card will pay the 15% excise tax, 8.75% sales tax, and the 10% Measure U tax

San Diego legalizes recreational pot dispensaries

February 11, 2017 at 3:34 PM

San Diego is the first local city to approve recreational marijuana sales since state voters approved Proposition 64 in November, and no other cities in the county have indicated they intend to follow suit.

Read more here

Ordinance 925

February 11, 2017 at 1:39 PM

Please review Ordinance 925 to ensure you understand the cultivation prohibitions in unincorporated Riverside County.