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Up to nine cannabis manufacturing in the City may be approved.
Appointments are required to submit a pre-application for a cannabis manufacturing facility. No applications will be accepted without an appointment. Partial submittals are not allowed.
You must submit an application for a Zoning Verification Letter to determine whether the potential business location meets ordinance requirements, including required separation from sensitive uses.
To download an application for a Zoning Verification Letter, click
Potentially eligible sites for obtaining a regulatory permit to operate a medical cannabis facility must be within the Industrial Park (IP) or General Industrial (IG) Zoning District and outside the separation requirements listed in Section 14-53.122 of the Watsonville Municipal Code. An applicant or licensee may have one cultivation and one manufacturing site upon which cannabis is cultivated and/or manufactured in the City, if each site is permitted.
To download a map showing potentially eligible cannabis facilities, click
Please refer to the Application Procedure for information on the application process . A pre-application is required prior to application for an Administrative Use Permit. All pre-applications will be reviewed and pre-approved by a selection committee consisting of senior staff from the City Manager's Office, Police Department, Fire Department, Human Resources Department and Community Development Department.
The City is not accepting any applications at this time. In 2016, the Watsonville City Council adopted regulations for the establishment of up to six medical cannabis cultivation facilities, and has issued six permits.
The City is currently working on regulations for testing, distribution and transport of cannabis. It is likely that the City Council will consider regulations for those activities later this year (2018). It is not likely that cannabis dispensary regulations will be considered prior to 2019.
Yes, a Live Scan criminal background check is required for all facility owners, managers and employees from the Police Department annually.
The Live Scan process involves submitting fingerprints to the DOJ, which will review for criminal offender record information (CORI). CORI reports will be provided to the City of Watsonville for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for operating a cannabis facility. Those who do not meet criminal history eligibility requirements will be disqualified.
To download a request for Live Scan form, please click here.
Yes, all owners, managers and employees must be issued an identification badge from the Police Department, in accordance with WMC Section 14-53.208. No owner, manager or employee shall engage in any activities associated with the cultivation or manufacturing of cannabis without first obtaining a valid identification badge.
Here are the steps for obtaining an identification badge: