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Cannabis Business Tax

For City permitting information, visit the Cannabis Permitting process website.

On Nov. 8, 2016, San Diego voters passed Measure N, Non-Medical Cannabis Tax, which imposes a gross receipts tax on non-medical cannabis businesses that operate or provide services within the City of San Diego. The Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance San Diego Municipal Code (SDMC) Chapter 3, Article 4, Division 1, adopted by City Council by Resolution No. 310869, became effective on Dec. 12, 2016.      

The Cannabis Business Tax applies to cannabis business activities including but not limited to, transporting, manufacturing, cultivating, packaging, or retail sales whether operating from a fixed location in the City or coming into the City from an outside location. Businesses were initially taxed at a rate of 5 percent of monthly gross receipts and increased to 8 percent on July 1, 2019. Effective May 1, 2022, the Cannabis Tax rate for Cannabis Production Facilities (Cultivation, Manufacturing, Distribution, Storage) is 2 percent of monthly gross receipts. Each business is required to remit monthly the full amount of taxes owed based on previous month activity. Along with payment of taxes, businesses must file a Cannabis Tax Remittance Form. Cash remittances in excess of $3,000 requires an appointment.  For questions or to request an appointment, please call 619-615-1580 or email

The payment of the Cannabis Business Tax shall in no way be construed as authorizing the continuance of any illegal business.  Persons may not lawfully engage in cannabis business activities without first obtaining required City and state permits and licenses.

Helpful Information and Forms

Updated 02/09/2024

Remittance Forms

Standard Remittance Form
Apportionment Remittance Form
Adjustment Form

Cannabis Business Tax Regulations and Additional Information

  Remittance Form Instructions
  Cannabis Business Tax Medical Cannabis Regulation
  Cannabis Business Tax Apportionment Regulation
  CBT Administrative Remedies and Appeals
  CBT Operators Duties and Accounting Procedures
  CBT Operators Records and Inspection of Such Records
  Cannabis Business Tax FAQ
  2024 Payment Schedule

Real California Cannabis Campaign

The Real California Cannabis Campaign is a Department of Cannabis Control initiative designed to educate consumers on the importance of purchasing cannabis products from licensed retailers, and make it easier to locate and identify them. Additional information can be found here.