The following is information about personal and commercial cannabis activity in El Dorado County:
- You may be able to use 200, 400 or 600 square feet to grow cannabis outdoors, only for personal medical use.
- El Dorado County has a temporary ban of up to two years (until December 12, 2019) on commercial licenses for both medical and recreational (adult) cannabis, with some exceptions.
- Adults over 21 may grow up to six plants indoors per residence for personal non-medical use.
- Driving and smoking or consuming cannabis is considered driving impaired and subject to penalties under State law. It is also illegal under State law to possess an open container or open package of cannabis or cannabis products or to smoke or consume cannabis while riding as a passenger in a vehicle, boat, or other form of transportation.
- Proposition 64 does not allow the sale of homegrown cannabis, whether whole plant, clippings, clones, or any product derived from any part of the plant.
- El Dorado County has not authorized smoking or consuming medical or recreational cannabis in any public place.
- There is no location in the unincorporated area of El Dorado County to purchase adult use (recreational) cannabis. Delivery of cannabis to your residence in the County is prohibited.The above information was obtained from the El Dorado County Cannabis Information Page
MAUCRSA and AUMA (Proposition 64) allow adults 21 years and older to grow cannabis indoors for personal non-medical use (up to six plants per residence) without a state license. Only six plants are allowed to be grown per residence indoors in El Dorado County, regardless of the number of people living in the residence. All plants and harvested cannabis in excess of one (1) ounce must be kept within or on the grounds of the person’s private residence, in a locked space, that is not visible from a public place.
In addition, if you have a valid medical card or a medical prescription from a doctor, individuals can cultivate cannabis for personal medical use under El Dorado County Ordinance 5000. This does not require a state license. The amount that can be grown depends on different rules within Ordinance 5000. Two rules that determine the amount that can be grown is the zoning designation of your lot and the number of individuals who have a valid medical cannabis card or prescription from a doctor. The following are the zone designations and the amount that is allowed to be grown if a person or people have valid medical card(s) or prescription(s) from a doctor:
- Lots zoned: R1, R20,000, R1A, R2A and R3A – these lots can grow up to 200 square feet
- Lots zoned: RE and RL – these lots can grow up to 400 square feet (must have two valid medical cards or prescriptions from two different individuals – please see Ordinance 5000 for additional rules)
- Lots zoned: AG, FR, LA, and PA – these lots can grow up to 600 square feet (must have three valid medical cards or prescriptions from three different individuals – please see Ordinance 5000 for additional rules)
To determine your zoning designation, click here (please have your APN number): http://edcapps.edcgov.us/Planning/parceldatainfo.asp
If you do not know your APN, click here: http://main.edcgov.us/CGI/WWB012/WWM400/A
The cultivation of more than 200 square feet is only allowed as collective cultivation as provided in subsection 2.E of Ordinance 5000. In addition, please remember there are other factors that need to be followed (e.g. setback room, screening, inability of the public to see the cannabis, residing on the lot where the medical cannabis is grown, etc.).
For information on how to obtain a Medical Marijuana Identification Card through El Dorado County, click on the following link:
Driving and smoking or consuming cannabis is considered driving impaired and subject to penalties under State law. It is also illegal under State law to possess an open container or open package of cannabis or cannabis products or to smoke or consume cannabis while riding as a passenger in a vehicle, boat, or other form of transportation.
For the cultivation rules under Ordinance 5000 please click on the following link:
To see a general overview of the civil enforcement process steps that take place if an individual does not follow the cannabis rules in El Dorado County please click on the following link:
There is a temporary, two-year ban on commercial cannabis licenses in El Dorado County.
On January 23, 2018, the Board of Supervisors reviewed the ad hoc Cannabis Committee’s recommendation and voted to extend to up to two years the 45-day temporary ban on commercial licenses for both medical and recreational (adult) cannabis.
On December 12, 2017, the Board of Supervisors reviewed the ad hoc Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee recommendations (for more information on the ad hoc Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee, please see the FAQ tab) on commercial licenses in El Dorado County. The ad hoc committee recommended that the Board of Supervisors pass a temporary ban on commercial cannabis licenses in El Dorado County except for the limited medical marijuana dispensaries that are open under Ordinance 4999. At this time, the medical marijuana dispensaries that are open under Ordinance 4999 will be able to operate during the temporary ban provided that they comply with Ordinance 4999.
On December 12, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved the recommendation of the ad hoc Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee with an urgency Ordinance temporary ban on commercial cannabis licenses in El Dorado County except for the medical marijuana dispensaries that are open under Ordinance 4999.
Click here for more details on the temporary ban: 17-1238 – Commercial Cannabis Recommendation on Temporary Ban
On December 12, 2017, the Board of Supervisors created the El Dorado County Ad Hoc Cannabis Committee. The new committee is comprised of two members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. These committee members will be collecting information on commercial cannabis topics (e.g. dispensary rules, commercial cultivation, distribution, etc.). The purpose of the committee is to study and create ballot measures for different cannabis commercial uses tied to to taxation.
Look for information on the meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee in 2018.
Ad Hoc Committee Information
The next Ad Hoc Committee meeting will be: 3/5/18 & 3/19/18 at 3:00pm
Location: Supervisors’ meeting room, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville
Active Cannabis Organizations
Meet’s on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Garden Valley Grange –
2:15pm – 4:20pm,