Yes. Cannabis Cultivation is legal in Humboldt County pursuant to the applicable state regulations and county ordinances. According to the Humboldt County Ordinance No. 2653, the county does not interfere with a qualified patient's outdoor cultivation of medicinal marijuana for personal use outside the county's coastal zone, provided the cultivation complies with state law and Ordinance No. 2653.
Outdoor medical marijuana cultivation for personal use as an alternative to indoor cultivation in Humboldt County must follow the following requirements:
Humboldt County's regulations for indoor residential cannabis cultivation for personal use include:
Commercial cannabis cultivation regulations in Humboldt County are contained in Section 55.4.8 of the county code. These requirements include:
Yes. Cannabis manufacturing is legal in Humboldt County but must comply with all applicable performance standards and criteria set in the Humboldt County Cannabis Code. Per Section 22.214.171.124 of the county code, all cannabis manufacturing activities must be conducted in an enclosed structure but may not be subject to the setback from school bus stops recommended for open-air cultivation activities. Cannabis manufacturing is permitted in Humboldt County as follows:
In accordance with Humboldt County Ordinance No. 2534, medical marijuana dispensaries may operate in the unincorporated parts of the county pursuant to the Commercial Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance (CMMLUO). Medical marijuana dispensaries may not be located within a 600-foot radius of a school. Per Section 126.96.36.199 of the county code, medical cannabis dispensaries may only operate between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Medical cannabis dispensaries are only permitted in properly designated zones with valid business licenses, coastal development permits, and conditional use permits issued pursuant to Section 312-3.1 of Ordinance No. 2554. Dispensaries may be located in the following zoning districts: CN, CG, MB, ML, and MG.
Also, per Section 188.8.131.52 of the Humboldt County Ordinance No. 2554, medical cannabis dispensaries may not be operated by persons who have been convicted of a felony in the previous five years. The county code also prohibits the dispensing of medical cannabis to an individual qualified patient more than twice a day. Ingesting, smoking, or otherwise consuming medical cannabis on the premises of a medical cannabis dispensary is prohibited.
In addition, according to Section 184.108.40.206 of Ordinance No 2599, adult-use retail sales facilities are permitted in Humboldt County, subject to the same permit requirements that apply to medical cannabis dispensaries. Section 220.127.116.11 of Ordinance No. 2599 stipulates that all regulations governing the licensing of medical cannabis dispensaries shall apply to adult-use retail sales establishments, except for those limiting sales to medical cannabis.
Yes. Cannabis delivery services are permitted to operate within the borders of Humboldt County. Section 18.104.22.168 of Ordinance 2554 stipulates that medical cannabis delivery services may only operate from a store-front dispensary in a commercial or industrial zone contingent upon obtaining the required conditional use permits. Humboldt County cannabis dispensaries functioning as medical cannabis delivery services may not operate from addresses of convenience located in residential zones.
Per Ordinance No. 2554, a dispensary offering medical cannabis delivery does not qualify for an address of convenience. A dispensary or delivery service may not provide medical cannabis to any qualified patient or holder of a medical cannabis recommendation under the age of 18 unless the parent or guardian of the patient has previously consented in writing and is present to accept the delivery of medicinal cannabis.
The Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) is available to qualified patients and their primary caregivers under the state's medical-marijuana program (MMP).
The MMIC application form is accessible at the reception windows of the Humboldt County Public Health Clinics in Eureka, Garberville, and Willow Creek. The patient or caregiver can fill out their sections of the application, but physician documentation is required before submitting the application.
After completing the patient and physician information, the patient or caregiver must arrange an appointment at the Eureka Public Health office. The application is reviewed for completeness, the fee is collected, and a photograph is taken during the 15 – 20-minute session. The Humboldt County Public Health Department will verify the medical provider's prescription or recommendation by phone or fax and also confirm that the ordering provider is licensed and in good standing with the State Medical Board.
The following are required at the interview or appointment with the county Public Health Department:
To receive a primary caregiver ID card, the qualified patient with a personal medical marijuana identification card must accompany the designated primary caregiver to the appointment or interview when the caregiver applies for a card. To obtain the primary caregiver ID card, the caregiver must provide:
Typically, MMICs are available to patients or caregivers approximately two weeks after the interview or appointment at the County Public Health Department. For further inquiries about the MMIC, contact the Humboldt County Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program by calling at (707) 268-2188. You may also make an appointment with one of the public health clinics at any of these addresses:
Department of Public Health
529 I Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: (707) 445-6097
Department of Public Health
727 Cedar Street
Garberville, CA 95542
Phone: (707) 923-2779
Department of Public Health
Willow Creek Clinic
77 Walnut Way
Willow Creek, CA 95573
Phone: (530) 629-2410
The cannabis industry in Humboldt County has had a sizable impact on the economy of the county, with increasing fiscal contributions since the sale of recreational cannabis went into effect in 2018 in California. Between the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2018, Humboldt County generated a total of $108.07 in per capita sales and $14,583,251 in taxable sales. In 2019, Humboldt County accrued $193.35 in per capita sales and $25,856,688 in taxable sales. In 2020, revenue figures hit $281.64 in per capita sales and $37,411,097 in total taxable sales.
Data from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) is only available for the first three quarters of 2021. In that period, Humboldt County generated $295.20 in per capita sales and $38,629,073 in total taxable sales.
Humboldt County has witnessed a declining crime rate for marijuana-related offenses since the sales of recreational cannabis began. In 2018, Humboldt County recorded 13 arrests for DUI offenses, 6 arrests for marijuana possession, and only 6 arrests for marijuana sales. In 2019, the record was 22 arrests for DUI offenses, 7 arrests for marijuana possession, and 3 arrests for marijuana sales. In 2020, the county recorded 7 DUI arrests, 8 marijuana possession arrests, and 4 marijuana sale arrests.
Note that in the years preceding adult-use cannabis sales, the record was 12 DUI arrests, 4 marijuana possession arrests, and 6 marijuana sales arrests in 2017. In 2016, Humboldt County recorded 8 DUI arrests, 15 marijuana possession arrests, and 28 marijuana sales arrests. In 2015, the record was 12 DUI arrests, 25 arrests for marijuana possession, and 18 arrests for marijuana sales.