Cupertino’s moratorium on marijuana extended

The City of Cupertino announced on Friday, Dec. 21 that the City Council election results have been confirmed by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. A recount was conducted by the Registrar to determine the winner of the third council seat.

Cupertino City Council voted on Tuesday to extend the city’s moratorium on non-medical marijuana cultivation, commercial activity and distribution for 12 months.

The extension comes in advance of Jan. 1, 2018, when the state is set to open applications for businesses to obtain a license to sell recreational marijuana. A moratorium allows the city to retain local power in deciding whether to allow or prohibit marijuana-related operations in Cupertino.

City Council originally adopted a moratorium following the voter-approved passage of Prop 64, which allowed for non-medical use, cultivation and commercialization statewide. Then in June 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 94, which set new regulations including licensing. The city of Cupertino intends to study the state licensing and regulations and return to council with recommendations.

The City Council staff report can be accessed here.