Cultivation of cannabis for commercial purposes in Tehama County is illegal. However, cannabis cultivation for medical and recreational purposes is legal in California. California legalized medical cannabis through the Compassionate Use Act, also known as Proposition 215, in 1996. Under this Act, the state permits qualified medical patients and caregivers to possess and use cannabis for medical purposes. However, this is subject to local laws.
In November 2016, California voters approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, also known as Proposition 64. This Act legalized the cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana for recreational purposes by adults 21 years or older. Under the Act, adult Californians can grow up to six marijuana plants in their personal spaces, subject to local laws. In 2017, the California Legislature passed the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) to revise the Adult Use of Marijuana Act and other existing state's cannabis laws. The Act permits each jurisdiction in the state to determine whether to approve cannabis businesses in their locality.
In accordance with the California Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), the Tehama County Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance bans the cultivation of cannabis for commercial purposes. The Ordinance also prohibits outdoor cultivation while providing further cannabis regulations in unincorporated parts of the county area of the county. Such regulations include:
It is illegal to manufacture cannabis products for commercial purposes or in a building allocated for a private residence in Tehama County. The following limitations and regulations on cannabis manufacturing apply to unincorporated parts of the county:
According to the Tehama County Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance, cannabis retail is illegal. The Ordinance prohibits dispensaries or retail stores from commercial activities in all parts of the county. Chapter 17.09.040 of the Tehama County Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance further prohibits the establishment, construction, development, operation, or maintenance of a marijuana dispensary in any zoning district in the county. The county does not approve applications for building permits, use permits, or any other permit related to establishing or operating marijuana dispensaries.
However, the following medical facilities are exempted from these restrictions provided they are regulated by the Tehama County Code and comply strictly with the applicable state and county laws:
In line with the Tehama County Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance, cannabis delivery is illegal in the county as dispensaries are prohibited from providing delivery services. According to Chapter 17.09.030 of the County Ordinance, any facility building or location, whether permanent or temporary or fixed or mobile, is prohibited from providing marijuana delivery services in the county, notwithstanding the Tehama County Code.
In compliance with the Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP), the Tehama County Health Services Agency facilitates the registration of qualified patients and caregivers for medical marijuana cards. However, in line with state laws, only patients diagnosed with the following medical conditions are eligible for a medical marijuana card:
To apply for a medical marijuana card in Tehama County, eligible persons must present the following:
Additionally, caregivers who wish to obtain identification cards must provide the following:
A completed Form 9042 and other supporting documents should be submitted in person to the Tehama County Health Services Agency at:
Tehama County Health Services
818 Main Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Phone: (530) 527-8491
The County Health Services opens Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Tehama County Health Services requires an applicant to pay a non-refundable fee of $52.42 for a medical marijuana card, either for the patient or caregiver. Recipients of Medi-Cal benefits are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $26.21 to the Agency.
Despite the legalization of cannabis in California, commercial cannabis activities in Tehama County are banned. Hence, the county has yet to feel the impact of cannabis legalization on its economy. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration does not have published reports on revenue obtained from cannabis sales or operations within the county, including its cities and unincorporated areas.
In 2014 and 2015, the number of drug violation arrests recorded by the Tehama County Sheriff's Office, as reported by the FBI Crime Data Explorer, was 450 and 308 arrests, respectively. Upon the legalization of cannabis in 2016, Tehama County experienced a decrease in drug-related crimes and recorded a total of 228 arrests. Although in 2017, there was a slight increase from the previous year, the county recorded a reduced figure of 231 drug violations arrests. Drug-related arrests further declined in 2018 and 2019 when the county recorded 187 and 195 arrests, respectively. In 2020, the county recorded its lowest drug abuse arrests, with 109 arrests. These figures reveal that cannabis legalization significantly reduced the rates of drug-related crimes and arrests in Tehama County.
The legalization of cannabis in California has also significantly impacted the rates of DUI offenses in Tehama County. FBI Crime Data Explorer report shows that the county recorded 117 and 102 DUI arrests in 2014 and 2015. The county experienced a notable decrease in DUI offenses in the following years as 2016, 2018, and 2019 had 73, 2, and 2 arrests, respectively. No arrest was reported for 2017 and 2020.