March 25, 2014 - The City adopts Ordinance No. O-20356, which implements zoning regulations for MMCCs.
November 8, 2016 - San Diego voters pass Measure N, Non-Medical Cannabis Tax, which imposed a gross receipts tax on non-medical cannabis businesses that operate or provide services within the City. The tax applies to non-medical cannabis business activities, including but not limited to transporting, manufacturing, cultivating, packaging or retail sales. Businesses are initially taxed at a rate of 5 percent of monthly gross receipts and will increase to 8 percent on July 1, 2019. This increase cannot exceed 15 percent of gross receipts. Learn more at the Cannabis Business Tax web page.
November 9, 2016 - Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act becomes law and allows for recreational cannabis sales in California by January 2018.
February 22, 2017 - The City adopts Ordinance No. O-20793, which replaces the MMCC use with a new retail sales use category, Marijuana Outlet. It became effective in areas of the City of San Diego outside of the Coastal Overlay Zone on April 12, 2017 and within the Coastal Overlay Zone on Oct. 12, 2017.
September 11, 2017 - Ordinance No. O-20859 is introduced, to regulate the marijuana industry relative to commercial cultivation, manufacturing, storage and distribution of medical and recreational marijuana and marijuana products, and to allow by right marijuana testing labs. It became effective on November 17, 2017 in areas of the City of San Diego outside of the Coastal Overlay Zone, and on February 8, 2018 in areas located within the Coastal Overlay Zone.
Marijuana Production Facilities with an approved Zoning Use Certificate and a Business Tax Certificate issued before January 31, 2017 are allowed to operate until October 17, 2019.