Outdoor cultivation of marijuana in any quantity or amount is unlawful and deemed a public nuisance that may be abated in compliance with the provisions of the Sutter County Ordinance 1618. Also, the cultivation of marijuana in any quantity or amount on any premises located within 1,000 feet of any church, park, school, evacuation site, child care center, or youth-oriented facility is unlawful in Sutter County. Marijuana cultivation in the following locations is illegal and may also be abated:
For marijuana cultivation to be legal in Sutter County, the following conditions are required to be satisfied:
According to the Sutter County Code, the county prohibits the manufacturing of medicinal and recreational cannabis in all zoning districts and all the unincorporated territories of the county. All commercial cannabis manufacturing activities are banned and considered a public nuisance.
Per Section 1500-8033 of the Sutter County Code, no zoning designation in the county allows for the operation or establishment of a medical marijuana dispensary. Hence, Sutter County bans retail cannabis activities in all zoning districts and all of the county's unincorporated territory. Persons looking to buy cannabis may buy from commercial retail dispensaries outside the county. Cannabis dispensaries are not permitted in Sutter County.
Sutter County prohibits cannabis delivery in all zoning districts and all unincorporated parts of the county. However, with Proposition 64 permitting cities and municipalities to enact their own laws, some Sutter County cities may allow cannabis dispensaries to operate within their jurisdictions.
Currently, Sutter County is the only county in California that does not issue medical marijuana identification cards (MMICs) to qualified patients. The MMIC is established under the California Medical Marijuana Program and is available to patients suffering from one or more California-approved medical conditions and their caregivers. It enables qualified patients to legally purchase cannabis-based THC and CBD products for treatment from state-licensed dispensaries.
For more inquiries about medical marijuana identification cards in Sutter County, contact:
Health and Human Services
1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA 95993
Phone: (530) 822-7215
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) maintains a record of sales income from the cannabis sector for all counties in the state. However, no record for Sutter County could be found on the CDTFA website. Sutter County's restrictions on cannabis activities have meant that cannabis legalization in California has had minimal impact on the county's economy.
In 2018, when California approved the sale of recreational cannabis, Sutter County recorded 137 DUI arrests, 1 arrest for marijuana possession, and 4 arrests for marijuana sales. In 2019, the county recorded 66 DUI arrests, 1 arrest for marijuana possession, and no arrests for marijuana sales. Sutter County recorded 44 DUI arrests, 3 marijuana possession and no marijuana sales arrests in 2020.
Note that in the years immediately preceding recreational marijuana sales, the county recorded 240 DUI arrests in 2015, 197 DUI arrests in 2016, and 151 DUI arrests in 2017. Hence, the legalization and sales of recreational cannabis in California seem to have positively impacted marijuana-related crime rates in Sutter County due to the decline in DUI arrest figures.