The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) has developed draft policies for the regulation of commercial medical and adult-use cannabis in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The OCM conducted extensive outreach to solicit feedback on stakeholder desires and concerns for commercial cannabis regulations, including convening of the Advisory Working Group, presentations to community groups and town councils, and holding twenty public workshops throughout the county to solicit feedback from community members.  These policies reflect recommendations provided by the Advisory Working Group, input received from the public, and close consultation with many County departments.

The draft policies will be presented to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for approval in early 2018. To download a copy, click here.

Comments and questions on the draft policies can be submitted to the Office of Cannabis Management via email at cannabis@lacounty.gov, or online at cannabis.lacounty.gov/connect. For other questions, please visit our FAQ.

A short summary of the draft policies can be found below. More detailed descriptions and analysis of each draft policy can be found in the Draft Board Letter and Attachment I. The Advisory Working Group’s recommendations can be found in Attachment II. Maps showing locations where cannabis businesses could potentially locate are available at planning.lacounty.gov/cannabis/maps.

Cannabis Commission

  • Establish a five-member Cannabis Commission to conduct public hearings for cannabis business applications.
  • The Commission would exercise discretion to approve, conditionally approve, or deny applications, and would be authorized to impose conditions of approval as necessary to mitigate impacts associated with a proposed cannabis business.

Strategic Permitting Phase-In

  • Implement a phased-in approach to cannabis permitting in unincorporated areas that will initially allow a maximum of 20 cannabis stores, 20 delivery-only services, 10 cultivators, 10 manufacturers, 10 distributors, and 10 testing laboratories countywide.
  • Permits for cannabis retail stores and delivery-only services will be allocated by Supervisorial District, based on unincorporated area population, with no more than five retail stores and five delivery-only services per district.


  • Allow cannabis retail stores, delivery-only services, and testing laboratories in heavy commercial and manufacturing zones.
  • Allow all other cannabis business types in manufacturing zones only.
  • Prohibit commercial cannabis activity in all other zones, including agricultural and residential zones.

Buffers from Sensitive Uses

  • Require that cannabis retail stores be located at least 1,000 feet from schools (K-12); 600 feet from day cares (including preschools), public parks, public libraries, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and other cannabis stores, and 300 feet from offsite alcohol sales such as liquor stores.
  • Require that all other cannabis businesses be located at least 1,000 feet from schools (K-12), and 600 feet from day cares (including preschools), public parks, and public libraries.