City of American Canyon Cannabis Ordinance

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Cannabis Ordinance




The City of American Canyon and three other Napa County cities and town convened a county-wide Cannabis Roundtable to discuss the issues regarding the passage of California Proposition 64 and the regulation of medical and recreational cannabis (marijuana) in Napa County. The goal is to reach a consensus on how to regulate cannabis that is generally consistent within the county's borders.

For more information on county-wide efforts including important overviews and presentations on health, legislation, taxation, and licensing, click here.


Proposition 64 outlines cannabis uses that became legal in the State of California when the proposition went into effect on November 8, 2016. Local decisions now need to be made in regards to how we permit cannabis in our community.

On October 3, 2017, the City of American Canyon's City Council adopted an interim emergency ordinance. This ordinance posed an additional six-month moratorium prohibiting outdoor cultivation, processing, manufacturing, distribution, testing, and sales of cannabis in all zoning districts within City limits. This ordinance is pending review and possible amendment of municipal code regulations.

Read the complete Staff Report here.


The six-month moratorium will allow the City time to discuss  cannabis regulations in our community. In addition, it will allow time for research and participation with the County's Cannabis Roundtable.

Specifically, the City of American Canyon will seek input from residents and businesses on whether to allow:

  • Residents to grow cannabis plants outdoors
  • Stores to sell cannabis products
  • Nurseries to grow cannabis plants
  • Factories to use cannabis in products
  • Companies to deliver cannabis products
  • Companies to create distribution hubs for cannabis products

The City will collect this input in a few ways, including:

  • An electronic residential survey
  • Creating a traveling Town Hall to be held with local organizations and groups
  • Holding a community-wide workshop in early 2018 with topic-based stations to help provide education on specific initiative points (paper versions of the residential survey will be available at this workshop)

All of the data and input collected will be compiled and presented to the Planning Commission in February, and the City Council for final approval in March. Residents and community members can provide input at the January Workshop and the February Planning Commission Meeting.

If you would like your organization to be a part of the traveling Town Hall, please contact Brent Cooper, City of American Canyon's Community Development Director, by calling (707) 647-4335 or emailing


Stay tuned to this web page for further updates and links. Please also sign up for the City Manager's Friday Update and like our Facebook page.

Click here for information on the Cannabis Ordinance Workshop.