The City has prepared a draft ordinance for “Cannabis Use and Regulations” and made it available on this website. This draft ordinance was considered by the Planning Commission at its meeting on August 1, 2017. The Planning Commission adopted a resolution recommending approval of the ordinance to the City Council. This ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing with the City Council at their meeting on August 24, 2017. For copies of the agenda and staff report please visit the City Council Information Center.

In addition to the regulations for Cannabis, the City has updated its table of permitted uses to identify appropriate zoning districts for Cannabis businesses. Click here to view the Table of Permitted Uses.

Cannabis in Palm Desert

Currently, Palm Desert's Municipal Code prohibits all cannabis related land uses and businesses from operating in City limits. This includes dispensaries, manufacturing facilities, cultivation and delivery, for both recreational and medicinal use. Until an ordinance is adopted by the City Council all cannabis businesses are prohibited in the City of Palm Desert.

The State of California has revised its cannabis polices with the "Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA)." This new law allows adults, age 21 and over, to use cannabis in a non-public setting. Homeowners are also permitted to grow up to six (6) plants at their residence. In response to these immediate changes, the City has established a “Cannabis Committee” to explore regulatory options and has prepared a draft ordinance for City Council review.

In the interim, the Bureau of Medicinal Cannabis (BMC) is creating several licensing types for cannabis-related businesses. Licensing will not begin until January 2018. Because the State will not be issuing licenses until 2018 all commercial operations in the City continue to be prohibited.

For more information regarding current or future regulations in Palm Desert, please contact Palm Desert Principal Planner Eric Ceja at (760) 346-0611 or eceja@cityofpalmdesert.org.