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Environmental & Resource Protection

Cannabis Regulations Environmental Review

The County of Santa Cruz is undertaking an Environmental Impact Review of its proposed rules for commercial cannabis cultivation and manufacturing, which will assess demands on County services and potential impacts on the environment and local community due to the regulation of cannabis cultivation in a manner consistent with State law and the preservation of the health, safety and welfare of the community.

The DRAFT Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the proposed regulations for commercial cannabis cultivation and manufacturing is available for review and comment. The comment period ends at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. To review the document, click here. To comment via email, send to To send hard copy comments, mail or deliver to:

Cannabis Comments c/o Matt Johnston
Planning Department
701 Ocean Street, 4th floor
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The comment period for the Draft EIR has been extended until October 31, 2017. All comments must be postmarked no later than 5:00 P.M.

A public information meeting on the Draft EIR was held on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Videos of tthat meeting and other informational meetings can be found here:


A public meeting to accept comments on the Draft EIR will be held on Monday, October 2, 2017, at 701 Ocean Street in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, fifth floor, from 6:00 to 8:00.