No. Although recreational cannabis is legal in California, no licensed California dispensary currently operates in Livermore. The enactment of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, also known as Proposition 64, in 2016 legalized recreational marijuana in California and laid the framework for establishing adult-use cannabis dispensaries in the state. However, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), which established a system to control the California marijuana industry, permits local authorities to determine whether to allow or prohibit cannabis businesses in their jurisdictions. In line with MAUCRSA, Livermore adopts Chapter 5.80 of the Livermore Municipal Code to prohibit all commercial cannabis activities, including cannabis dispensaries, except for limited activities outlined in Section 45.80.030 of the City Code.
No, there are no medical cannabis dispensaries in Livermore. The legalization of medical marijuana in California after the passage of the Compassionate Use Act in 1996 made provisions for qualified patients' access to legal medicinal cannabis through licensed cannabis dispensaries. However, the city currently prohibits establishing any marijuana business within its borders, riding on the provisions of MAUCRSA.
Livermore residents can order cannabis from online dispensaries near the city. Under California marijuana laws, cannabis dispensaries can deliver online orders to customers at their local addresses. Consumers can also order cannabis products online and pick them up in person at the dispensary. Per Section 5.80.030 of the Livermore Municipal Code, medical marijuana dispensaries in other cities/towns licensed by the state and their local authorities (if applicable) can deliver medical cannabis to qualified patients in Livermore.
Livermore residents are currently limited to visiting other cities/towns in California that permit marijuana businesses. Hence, anyone who plans to visit a dispensary near Livermore may pre-order their cannabis products online to reduce their waiting time when they arrive at the dispensary. Generally, registered medical marijuana patients must hold their California medical marijuana card, while recreational consumers must come to the dispensary in Livermore with a valid government-issued ID.
There are no licensed dispensaries in Livermore at the moment. Section 5.80.020 of the Livermore Municipal Code prohibits establishing cannabis retail businesses within the city boundaries.
An individual must be at least 21 to use recreational marijuana legally in Livermore; else, they risk severe penalties. Similarly, it is unlawful to gift marijuana to anyone under 21 in the city. Smoking cannabis outdoors or in public spaces is not welcomed in Livermore. Specifically, California laws prohibit smoking cannabis where smoking is illegal. Additionally, driving under the influence of marijuana or having an open container of marijuana in a car while driving is illegal, and it is a punishable offense. There is a limit to the amount of recreational marijuana a person can possess at once in Livermore. Adults 21 years and older can cultivate marijuana plants at home for personal recreational use.
The only people allowed to use medicinal cannabis in Livermore are patients with debilitating medical conditions registered under the California Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program. Even with a physician's recommendation, it is illegal for cannabis patients to consume marijuana in public or operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. California law also prohibits smoking medical cannabis in places where smoking tobacco is banned. Livermore prohibits the consumption of cannabis within 1,000 feet of a youth center, daycare center, or school. Although cannabis patients may only grow up to six marijuana plants at home for personal use, they may cultivate more if their physicians approve and recommend it.
Any patient with a qualifying debilitating medical condition can get the California medical marijuana card by applying to the California Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program through the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). They must complete the following forms and provide the required documents listed below:
Medical Marijuana Program Application/Renewal Form (DHS 9042)
Written Documentation of Patient’s Medical Records (DHS 9044)
Proof of residency in Livermore, such as a utility or phone bill
Government-issued photo identification card
Payment proof of a $100 fee. MediCal beneficiaries enjoy a 50% discount and only need to pay $50
The ACPHD requires anyone applying for the California medical marijuana card in the county, including Livermore, to contact the department at (510) 268-2977 to book an appointment. Application submission is in-person. Applicants should submit completed forms, required documents, and payment proof on the scheduled date to the ACPHD at:
Alameda County Public Health Department
1100 San Leandro Blvd.
San Leandro, CA 94577
ACPHD employees will take applicants' photos and contact their physicians to verify the patients' medical conditions are provided in DHS 9044. After verification, the ACPHD will issue applicants their medical marijuana identification cards.
In Livermore, residents can legally consume cannabis in their private residences unless the property owner prohibits marijuana use on the property. It is illegal to consume marijuana in public spaces.
Marijuana sale is not permitted in Livermore, but residents can still buy from dispensaries near Livermore. When visiting a dispensary in a neighboring city/town, Livermore residents should take their valid government-issued ID or a California medical marijuana card. Additionally, they should prepare to pay cash as dispensaries rarely accept other payment methods.
While there are no dispensaries in Livermore, dispensaries in cities near Livermore sell an ounce of marijuana at an average price of $270.
The most popularly cultivated and consumed cannabis strains in Livermore include Girl Scout Cookies, Skywalker OG, OG Kush, Green crack, and Bubba Kush.
No, Livermore prohibits smoking cannabis in public, even if it is medicinal marijuana. Public spaces where cannabis consumption is prohibited include restaurants, hotels, and bars.
Under California marijuana laws, patients registered under the state's Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program may possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana at once. On the other hand, recreational users, who must be at least 21, may only possess up to 28.5 grams of non-concentrated cannabis and up to 8 grams of concentrated marijuana.
No. Shipping marijuana into Livermore from out of state is a federal offense. Federal law prohibits transporting cannabis across state lines.
Even though there are no dispensaries in Livermore, residents can order cannabis online from licensed dispensaries in other cities/towns in California.
No. No cannabis dispensary has been licensed to operate in Livermore.
There are no licensed dispensaries in Livermore. However, tourists from other states in Livermore can use dispensaries in neighboring towns/cities if they are 21 years and over and have a government-issued ID. California-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries are solely for California residents with state-issued medical marijuana cards.
Although there are no dispensaries in Livermore, residents are expected to take their government-issued IDs or medical marijuana cards when visiting dispensaries near Livermore.
Currently, no dispensary operates in Livermore.
There are no dispensaries in Livermore, but marijuana dispensaries near the city scan customers' IDs at the point of entry into their outlets.
There are currently no licensed dispensaries in Livermore.
While Livermore still prohibits establishing marijuana dispensaries within the city border, dispensaries in cities near Livermore cannot take credit cards as a method of payment because of the federal ban on marijuana. Consumers must hold some cash when visiting dispensaries in California.
There are no dispensaries in Livermore, but residents can visit multiple dispensaries in other California cities in one day. However, dispensaries will stop selling cannabis products to them once they reach their daily purchase or possession limit.
There are no dispensaries in Livermore, but generally, cannabis dispensaries in California do not take health insurance because of the federal ban on the substance.
While Livermore prohibits cannabis dispensaries from operating within the city limits, dispensaries in neighboring cities serving Livermore residents track marijuana purchases using the California Cannabis Track and Trace (CCTT).
Although there are no dispensaries in Livermore, qualified cannabis patients with California medical marijuana cards in the city can enter licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in neighboring cities at 18.
Interested persons can reach the Livermore cannabis regulator, the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), using the contact information maintained on the department's website.
Incidents of illegal cannabis activities in Livermore should be reported to the Livermore Police Department at (925) 371-4982 or the Alameda County Sheriff's Office at (510) 272-6878. Alternatively, contact the DCC at 1 (844) 612‑2322 to file such reports.