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Medical Cannabis

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Staff Contact - Ashley McBride asmcbride@cityoflivermore.net

At the October 9, 2017, City Council meeting, City staff presented the medical cannabis outreach results to the Council. After receiving public comments and discussion, the City Council directed staff to prepare an ordinance prohibiting all commercial cannabis activities in Livermore, with a limited exception for the delivery of medicinal cannabis from a properly licensed dispensary outside Livermore to qualified patients and primary caregivers in Livermore. Council also directed staff to perform additional public outreach for an alternative location for a potential medical cannabis storefront dispensary. An alternative location for a potential medical cannabis storefront dispensary was not addressed at this meeting.

At the October 23, 2017 meeting, City Council approved the ordinance and a second reading of the ordinance was presented at the November 13, 2017 meeting. The ordinance will take effect December 13, 2017.

The staff report and proposed ordinance can be found here.

Presently, medical cannabis dispensaries are not allowed in the City of Livermore. On December 12, 2016, City Council directed staff to initiate public outreach through an online survey and public workshops on the prospect of permitting a medical cannabis dispensary use in Livermore in the Heavy Industrial (I-3) zoning district on the east side of Livermore. Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary Map.

Answers to frequently asked questions about medical cannabis regulations can be found on the FAQ page

Public Workshops

Workshop 1 was on Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Robert Livermore Community Center, located at 4444 East Avenue. The workshop focused on receiving community input on whether a dispensary should be permitted in the city and how it might be regulated. This was an opportunity for the public to learn about current laws regulating medical cannabis dispensaries, ask City staff questions, and provide input on a potential ordinance to permit medical cannabis dispensaries in Livermore. Medical Cannabis Dispensary Public Workshop PowerPoint

Workshops 2 and 3 focused on gathering input from residents and property owners/tenants in and around the I-3 zoning district where a dispensary may locate.

Survey Results

As part of the public outreach program, the City posted an online survey on the City website for three weeks beginning February 13, 2017. The public was notified of the survey through social media outlets, including Facebook and Nextdoor.com. 1,214 people participated in the online survey, of which, 1,115 responded to being Livermore residents. Results are summarized in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Online Survey Results

Online Survey Question Response Options Response: All Participants Response: Livermore Residents Only
1. Do you think cannabis is medically beneficial? Yes 73.6%
(890)
71.5%
(794)
No 12.9%
(157)
14.0%
(156)
Not Sure 13.4%
(162)
14.5%
(161)
2. Do you or anyone you know use medical cannabis? Yes 65.2%
(786)
62.4%
(693)
No 34.8%
(420)
37.6%
(417)
3. If you are a medical cannabis patient, how do you obtain medical cannabis? Visit a dispensary in another city 19.3%
(135)
24.0%
(119)
Delivered to home 16.6%
(116)
16.8%
(83)
Both of the above 43.9%
(307)
31.5%
(156)
Other 20.0%
(140)
27.7%
(137)
4. If the City of Livermore were to permit medical cannabis dispensaries, would the industrial zone on the eastern edge of town be an appropriate location? Yes 58.4%
(702)
56.6%
(625)
No 26.6%
(320)
28.8%
(318)
Not Sure 15.0%
(181)
14.7%
(162)
5. If the City of Livermore were to develop regulations to permit medical cannabis dispensaries, how important is each of the following regulations to you?
A. Locate dispensaries away from residences, schools, churches, parks, and other sensitive uses. Very Important 61.3%
(736)
62.7%
(692)
Somewhat Important 22.7%
(273)
21.8%
(240)
Not Important 15.9%
(192)
15.5%
(171)
B. Control the number of dispensaries. Very Important 54.7%
(654)
57.6%
(633)
Somewhat Important 27.0%
(323)
24.7%
(271)
Not Important 18.3%
(219)
17.7%
(195)
C. Control the size of a dispensary or the quantity of cannabis stored at a dispensary. Very Important 49.6%
(594)
51.9%
(571)
Somewhat Important 22.2%
(267)
21.8%
(240)
Not Important 28.1%
(337)
26.3%
(290)
D. Ensure safe and secure operation of dispensaries. Very Important 90.0%
(1076)
90.4%
(992)
Somewhat Important 8.0%
(96)
7.6%
(83)
Not Important 1.9%
(23)
2.0%
(22)
6. Should the City of Livermore develop an ordinance to permit an appropriately regulated medical cannabis dispensary? Yes 60.8%
(737)
58.0%
(647)
No 33.1%
(402)
35.8%
(399)
Not Sure 6.1%
(74)
6.2%
(69)

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