No. Per Chapter 5.54 of the San Marcos Municipal Code (SMMC), cannabis dispensaries are prohibited in all zones in the city's jurisdictional limits.
No. No license, permit, entitlement, or authorization, whether conditional or otherwise, may be issued by the City Council for the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Marcos.
No. Since there are no dispensaries authorized to sell cannabis within the San Marcos jurisdiction, you cannot buy cannabis from online weed dispensaries in San Marcos.
Commercial cannabis operations are banned in the City of San Marcos; hence, you cannot visit a weed dispensary in the city.
With cannabis operations banned in the city, the San Marcos Municipal Code does not contain regulations for the operations of prohibited establishments.
Adult-use cannabis, also known as recreational cannabis, became legal in San Marcos in 2016 with the passing of Proposition 64 statewide in California. Under Proposition 64, San Marcos adults aged 21 or older may possess, transport, purchase, and use up to one ounce of cannabis flower or eight grams of concentrates and cultivate up to six plants for personal use. However, the law prohibits individuals from giving cannabis as a gift.
While making possession and use legal, the state allowed California municipalities to restrict the establishment of cannabis businesses in their jurisdictions. In line with these provisions, cannabis sales are illegal in San Marcos as the city has enacted laws banning the establishment of commercial cultivation, possession, manufacturing, distribution, processing, storing, testing, packaging, labeling, transportation, retail, or delivery of cannabis within the city.
Outdoor cannabis cultivation is illegal in San Marcos, but individuals may cultivate cannabis for personal use indoors. Such cultivation may not exceed six plants and must occur within a fully enclosed structure of a private residence. Cultivation must not be visible from a public right-of-way and must be inaccessible to persons under 21.
Note that possession of cannabis on federal lands in San Marcos is illegal, as well as consuming the substance in public places.
Although medical cannabis sales are illegal in San Marcos, persons who have obtained recommendations for one of the approved conditions are allowed to possess and use cannabis for medical purposes. Medical marijuana became legal in San Marcos under the Compassionate Use Act in 2106. Medical marijuana users have higher possession limits and can buy and grow more cannabis plants at home if their physicians recommend it. Under the CUA, registered individuals can grow up to six mature or twelve immature marijuana plants at home for medical use. They can also possess up to 8 ounces of dried cannabis or more, as their physicians approve.
Under California medical cannabis law, San Marcos residents who obtain medical marijuana cards are exempt from sales tax on weed purchases. The card may also serve as proof of medical cannabis possession.
It is prohibited to consume medicinal cannabis in public or have or use it on government grounds or properties. Driving under the influence of medical cannabis will result in a DUI arrest. Note that medicinal cannabis acquired from sources other than approved medical cannabis retail outlets is unlawful.
To be eligible for a medical marijuana card in San Marcos, you must be a resident of the city and have one of the medical conditions approved under the California medical marijuana program. These conditions include:
Seizures, including seizures with epilepsy
Persistent muscle spasms, including spasms related to multiple sclerosis
Any other medical condition that substantially limits your ability to conduct a significant life activity as listed under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
After confirming your eligibility for a medical marijuana card, you must apply to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. The agency does not allow walk-in applications but requires applicants to call ahead to schedule appointments. To schedule an appointment, call the agency at (619) 692-5723.
At the appointment with the agency, you will be required to submit the following:
A completed medical marijuana ID application form
A government-issued photo ID, including a California driver's license, California ID card, a Veteran's Administration Card, or a United States Passport
Proof of residency in San Marcos containing your name and current physical address in the City of Vista
Written documentation or CDPH 9044 form from your attending physician recommending medical marijuana for the treatment of your condition
Your attending physician's name, contact address, and California medical license number
An application fee of $44 or $22 if you are a Medi-Cal beneficiary. The fee may be paid using a cashier's check, money order, or cash
A current Medi-Cal card if you are a Medi-Cal beneficiary or Beneficiary Identification Card (BIC)
Upon submission, your application will be reviewed by the California Department of Public Health for completeness and correctness. If approved, your medical marijuana card will be issued within five weeks. To contact the county health office for more inquiries related to medical marijuana cards, visit the following:
Public Health Services
3851 Rosecrans Street, Suite 802
San Diego, CA 92110
Marijuana use is permitted in private residences but prohibited in residences with multiple units, streets, public areas, and federal lands and properties. If you plan to consume in a leased home, you must seek permission from your landlord or property manager.
There are no approved marijuana dispensaries in San Marcos. The city prohibits the operations of cannabis dispensaries.
San Marcos does not approve the sale of cannabis within its borders.
The sale of marijuana and marijuana products is prohibited in the City of San Marcos.
No. Per Chapter 8.80 of the San Marcos Municipal Code, smoking cannabis in public in San Marcos is illegal.
Persons in San Marcos who are aged at least 21 may possess up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrate and one ounce of cannabis. Registered medical marijuana users may possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana.
No. It is illegal to ship cannabis in or out of the city across state lines as interstate transport is guided by federal law, which lists marijuana as a controlled substance.
No. You cannot order marijuana online, as marijuana dispensaries are prohibited in San Marcos.
No. There are no approved cannabis dispensaries in San Marcos.
Tourists cannot use weed dispensaries in San Marcos as the city prohibits the operation of cannabis dispensaries.
Dispensaries are banned businesses in San Marcos. So, you cannot visit one in the city.
There are no dispensaries in San Marcos.
The City of San Marcos has no approved dispensaries.
No dispensaries are authorized to sell weed in the City of San Marcos.
Dispensaries are not permitted in San Marcos.
You cannot visit a legal dispensary in San Marcos. There are no dispensaries in the city.
There are no marijuana dispensaries in the City of San Marcos.
Although California requires dispensaries to track weed sales, San Marcos has no dispensaries.
You cannot enter a dispensary in the city as no dispensaries have been licensed to operate there.
The City of San Marcos does not currently have a cannabis regulating agency, as commercial cannabis businesses are banned in the city. However, you may contact the San Marcos Manager or the California Department of Cannabis Control for more information on cannabis activities in the city. You may find the San Marcos Manager's contact information on the San Marcos government website.
You may report illegal cannabis activities in the City of San Marcos by contacting the San Diego County Sheriff's San Marcos Station or the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC). To contact the San Diego Sheriff’s Office, call its Narcotics Division at (760) 510-5000. To contact the DCC, use the department’s online complaint tool.