Turning great ideas into healthier communities


Model Ordinance Regulating Local Cannabis Retail Sales and Marketing in California

2018 | Download

Cover: Model Ordinance Regulating Local Cannabis Retail Sales and Marketing in CaliforniaHow much should recreational marijuana be taxed and how should the funds be used? This is a critical and fast-moving question as legalization spreads and communities race to get tax measures on the ballot. The Getting it Right from the Start: Local Regulation of Recreational Marijuana project team has been listening to experts and stakeholders from across the nation and from jurisdictions across the state to identify best practices and develop stronger local regulatory and taxation frameworks to protect youth, public health and social equity in the wake of legalization in California.

Through these conversations, the project team has developed a model ordinance/ballot initiative for local taxation of marijuana, designed to grow over time, help discourage high potency products and youth use, and provide sustained financial support to local efforts to create healthier and more equitable communities and prevent substance abuse. The resource is designed to be used as a starting point for local communities in developing their own local policies.

Download the model ordinance.

The Model was prepared by the project working with Michael G. Colantuono, JD of Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley PC, a leading municipal law and revenue expert and President of the Board of Trustees of the California State Bar, with generous assistance of several expert reviewers.

see related resources


Authors: Lynn Silver, Michael G. Colantuono,
Contributors: Alisa Padron
PHI PI/PD, Lynn Silver