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At its meeting on Monday, November 27, 2017 starting at 7:00 p.m., the City Council will consider ordinances regulating commercial cannabis (marijuana) businesses in Culver City. The types of businesses would include up to three retail storefronts, delivery, manufacturing, distribution, cultivation, and laboratory testing. In addition, the City Council will consider regulations pertaining to personal cannabis cultivation, as permitted under state law.

Zoning Ordinance

Regulatory Ordinance

Staff Report

Agenda (includes additional supporting items)

The meeting will take place at City Hall, Mike Balkman Council Chambers, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232.

Persons who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to submit written comments may do so by any of the following means by 4:00 PM on Monday, November 27, 2017.

1. By letter to the City Clerk, City of Culver City, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232; or

2. By e-mail to; or

3. By fax to the City Clerk at 310-253-5779


The City Council met on September 11th and September 25th to considered recommendations from the City’s Marijuana Task Force, as well as the City Council Sub-Committee, to permit commercial cannabis activity in Culver City.

At these two meetings, City Council directed staff to return with proposed zoning and regulatory ordinances, along with associated regulations, that would:

1. Allow up to three (3) medicinal and adult-use cannabis storefront retail businesses (“dispensaries”) in retail and industrial zones within the City.

  • Retail storefronts must be located at least 600 feet from sensitive receptors, including K-12 schools, day care centers, youth centers, parks, and playgrounds.
  • The City will award storefront retail cannabis business permits through a competitive, multi-phased, merit-based process, with the City Council ultimately approving the awarding of the permit
  • A conditional use permit will also be required for storefront retail cannabis businesses.
  • Cannabis businesses will be prohibited from hotels, regional malls, and mobile home parks.

2. Allow the following medicinal and adult-use cannabis businesses in industrial zones within Culver City:

  • Delivery Only Retail (“Home Delivery”)
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Testing
  • Indoor commercial cultivation (within specific areas identified by the City Council Subcommittee).
  • Applications for the above-listed commercial cannabis business types should be reviewed and approved through a ministerial permit process.

3. Prohibit the following medicinal and adult-use cannabis businesses within Culver City:

  • Commercial outdoor cultivation
  • Commercial mixed-light cultivation

4. Limit the maximum number of cannabis businesses permitted in Culver City by business type, as follows: storefront retail (3), delivery-only retail (5), inclusive of any storefront retailers that also provide delivery; manufacturing (6); distribution (6); cultivation (indoors) (3); and testing laboratories (4).

5. Businesses will be allowed to apply for and receive permits in multiple business categories (eg manufacturer/distributer), as long as they meet all the requirements of each category and are located in the appropriate zone.

Sensitive receptors are defined in the California Health & Safety Code:

  • Day Care Centers (defined in California Health & Safety Code Section 1596.76)
    • Any child day care facility other than a family day care home, and includes infant centers, preschools, extended day care facilities, and school age child care centers.
  • Youth Centers (defined in California Health & Safety Code Section 11353.1)
    • Any public or private facility that is primarily used to host recreational or social activities for minors, including, but not limited to, private youth membership organizations or clubs, social service teenage club facilities, video arcades, or similar amusement park facilities.

Special Cannabis Tax

At its meeting on Monday, November 13, 2017, the Culver City Council approved a resolution placing a tax measure on the April 10, 2018 municipal election ballot, asking voters to consider approval of a cannabis excise tax.  The initial and maximum rates to be considered by voters will be:

  • Retail (medicinal): range of 5 -8% with an initial rate of 5%
  • Retail (adult-use): range of 6-10% with an initial rate of 6%
  • Manufacturing: range of 4-6% with an initial rate of 4%
  • Distribution: range of 2-6% with an initial rate of 2%
  • Testing: 1-1.5% with an initial rate of 1%
  • Cultivation: $12 per square foot of canopy

The initial rates would be in place for two years, after which they would be able to be adjusted by City Council resolution. Cultivation rates would be adjusted according to the consumer price index after a two year initial period. 


On February 13, 2017, the City Council considered a report on the City's options under the 2015 Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and the 2016 Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), also known as Proposition 64.  AUMA makes major changes to cannabis policy throughout the state. For example, individuals are now allowed to cultivate at home up to six cannabis plants per residence. In addition, retail outlets for the sale of recreational cannabis and other cannabis based businesses will be licensed by the state beginning January 1, 2018. Culver City has previously not permitted cannabis businesses within the city. Due to the changes at the state level, City Council wants to consider whether to change that existing policy, or whether to keep it. The Council also wants to consider a full spectrum of general regulations related to cannabis. 

The City Council’s Strategic Plan, Goal Five (“Identify New Revenue Sources to Maintain Financial Stability”), Objective One (“Potential Retail Marijuana Excise Tax”) states that City Council will consider whether retailers/dispensaries will be permitted in Culver City. If permitted, the City Council would consider a cannabis tax for placement on the ballot during the April 2018 municipal election.

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Marijuana Task Force

In order to formulate recommendations, as well as get community input, the City Council created the Marijuana Task Force on February 27, 2017. The purpose of the Marijuana Task Force is to develop a recommended plan, for consideration by the City Council, to address local regulation of recreational and/or medical cannabis. 

The community is invited to join the Marijuana Task Force at its meetings. Each meeting will include opportunity for public input and questions. The schedule is available below.

All meetings will take place in City Council Chambers, City Hall, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City. Underground visitor parking can be accessed off Duquesne Avenue.

Task Force Meeting #1  Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


  • Draft Map of Marijuana Business Locations. (Note: Not the latest version.)   This map is meant solely for the purpose of aiding discussion on potential buffer zones. It is not guaranteed to be an accurate or comprehensive indication of the future legality of cannabis use at any location. If and when City Council approves commercial cannabis regulations, applicants will need to verify individual addresses. This map shows the 600 foot radius surrounding schools, day care centers, preschools, and youth centers. AUMA states that marijuana businesses cannot "be located within a 600-foot radius of a school providing instruction in kindergarten or any grades 1 through 12, day care center, or youth center that is in existence at the time the license is issued, unless a licensing authority or a local jurisdiction specifies a different radius."

Task Force Meeting #2

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


Task Force Meeting #3 Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Map Key

Green: commercial sites where marijuana businesses would be allowed

Blue: industrial sites where marijuana businesses would be allowed

Orange: all other zones (residential, open space, etc.) where marijuana businesses would not be allowed

Red: Properties with any portion within 600 foot buffer zones around schools, preschools, day cares, and youth centers, where marijuana businesses would not be allowed using the distance requirements added to state law by Proposition 64 (BPC Section 26054).


Task Force Meeting #4 Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Task Force Meeting #5

Monday, July 17, 2017, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 



 Task Force Meeting #6  Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.



Video of Meeting (will be posted when available)


Task Force Membership

  • City Council: Mayor Jeff Cooper, Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells
  • Planning Commission: David Voncannon, Kevin Lachoff (alternate)
  • Finance Advisory Committee: Jose Casarez, Crystal Alexander (alternate)
  • Disability Advisory Committee: Robyn Tenensapf
  • City Manager: John Nachbar, City Manager; Jesse Mays, Assistant to the City Manager (alternate)
  • City Attorney Representative: Lisa Vidra, Senior Deputy City Attorney
  • Finance Department: Kambiz Borhani, Assistant Chief Financial Officer
  • Community Development: Todd Tipton, Assistant Community Development Director
  • Community Development – Planning: Michael Allen, Planning Manager
  • Community Development – Code Enforcement: Marian Aspnes, Enforcement Services Manager 
  • Fire Department: Fire Marshal Mike Nagy
  • Police Department: Lt. Manny Cid
  • Public Works: Joe Susca, Senior Management Analyst


We Need Your Input!

Culver City would like your help in determining the City's response to the State's new cannabis rules. Please let us know your thoughts by submitting your comments, below. The City would like to know your thoughts on the following questions:

  • Should the City continue to ban or allow commercial cannabis?
  • Should the City permit Medical, Recreational or both?
  • What type of commercial cannabis businesses should be allowed to operate?
  • How many commercial cannabis businesses should be allowed to operate (Zoning Maps)?
  • How should the City address zoning issues such as set-backs, buffer zones and sensitive use areas? What facilities should be considered sensitive uses?
  • How and when should commercial cannabis business be allowed to operate?
  • While developing the regulatory framework, how should the City address social equity?
  • Should the City impose reasonable regulations on the personal cultivation of cannabis?
  • What type of tax scheme should the City consider?

Please indicate in your response whether you are a Culver City resident, business owner, prospective business owner, or other.


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