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Posted on: February 26, 2018

City Seeks Input: Draft Ordinance Regulating Commercial Cannabis Nursery Businesses

February 26, 2018 - The City is seeking input on a draft ordinance regulating commercial cannabis nursery businesses, allowing only limited commercial cultivation of immature, non-flowering cannabis plants. The draft is online for public review/comment.

February 26, 2018     

Matthew Chidester
Deputy City Manager
(650) 726-8272


City Asks for Comments on Draft Ordinance
Regulating Commercial Cannabis Nursery Businesses

Half Moon Bay, CA – At the direction of the City Council at their November 21, 2017 meeting, the City has drafted an ordinance for review and discussion, which would allow only limited commercial greenhouse cultivation of immature, non-flowering cannabis nursery plants on limited sites in Half Moon Bay. The nurseries could only grow small, non-flowering cannabis plants that would be transported out of the City before they matured. No retail sales to the public would be allowed. The proposed ordinance would continue the City’s existing prohibition on all other commercial cannabis businesses within Half Moon Bay.

The draft cannabis nursery ordinance is available for public review online at Comments on the draft ordinance can also be submitted from that web page.


The City is encouraging community feedback and comments on the draft ordinance. Other opportunities will be announced in the coming weeks. This public input will be considered by staff in finalizing the draft ordinance and will be provided to the City Council at a future public meeting, which will include additional opportunity for public comment, City Council discussion, and potential direction on a first reading and consideration of the ordinance at a public hearing.


At the same time, and separate from discussion of this draft cannabis nursery ordinance, the City is working on a more in-depth exploration and analysis of other potential future commercial cannabis activities in Half Moon Bay. That is a separate effort and is not the subject of the draft ordinance. That separate track includes a tax analysis of all types of cannabis activities to evaluate potential revenues, and a review of the experiences of other communities that have allowed commercial cannabis activities. There will be ample opportunities for community discussion and input on this second step, including a community survey.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 11,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic Downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is


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