On Aug. 8, 2016, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors launched an online registration system for existing medical cannabis cultivators in unincorporated areas of the county to register their cultivation sites, predicting such registration will be needed to comply with California’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
According to the county, “Registration is voluntary, however, we anticipate that only the owners of registered cannabis cultivation sites will be eligible to apply for a local license when they become available. A local license will be required to apply for a State license.”
Cultivators who have been cultivating cannabis in Santa Cruz County since January 2013 are eligible for registration, as are those individuals who have been involved in commercial farming or agricultural production unrelated to cannabis in the CA zone district for more than three years.
According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, cultivators without access to a computer can register on the kiosk at the Santa Cruz Governmental Center. Registration for each cultivation site is $3,500, with additional fees for site inspections and background checks. Registration closes on Nov. 6.
The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is currently considering a new ordinance for its medical cannabis licensing scheme.