* Other includes all segments less than 1% of the total. Negative segments are not shown.
The Cannabis Licensing Office (CLO) was
formed to implement State legislative actions for
the regulation of medical and adult recreational
cannabis use. Its mission is to create the licensing and regulatory framework, at the local level,
that balances medical use, adult recreational
use, and the health, safety and welfare of residents and businesses within Santa Cruz County
The CLO strives to develop and maintain an
effective regulatory and licensing program that
ensures consistent licensing and compliance
within the cannabis industry. Additionally, the
CLO endeavors to minimize environmental
degradation and maximize neighborhood
harmony while helping this industry develop into
one that can serve as a model for the state.
Based on the first year of experience with the
licensing process, the 2019-20 budget for the CLO
unfunds one Planner position and transfers costs
of two Deputies to the Sheriff’s Office. Licensing
revenue expectations have been adjusted based
on application activity and increased revenues are
expected from compliance actions.
The CLO will focus on improving the licensing
process through ordinance updates, technology
and data systems improvements, coordination
with other departments and agencies, increased
education and outreach on best practices to the
industry and robust compliance activities.
For additional information please see the full budget document