Review of California Cannabis Ballot Measures 2020

The California cannabis industry had a big day at the voting booth in 2020. Over thirty municipalities within the State of California approved cannabis measures during this year’s elections. While a number of the ballots that passed are tax or advisory measures, regulatory regimes and licensing ordinances will commonly follow soon thereafter. Encouragingly, many local jurisdictions are creating pathways for the issuance of new cannabis business licenses, including retail, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and testing labs.

Jurisdictions that passed ballot measures were: Artesia, Banning, Benicia, Calaveras County, Calabasas, Costa Mesa, Encinitas, Fairfield, Grass Valley, Hawthorne, King City, Laguna Woods, La Habra, Lemon Grove, Madera, Marina, Marysville, Oceanside, Ojai, Pomona, Porterville, San Bruno, San Joaquin County, Sonoma, Tracy, Trinity County, Vacaville, Ventura, Ventura County, and Weed.

If you are interested in applying for a cannabis business license in California and would like assistance or more information regarding specific ballot measures, please contact Andrew Koussevitzky in McAllister Garfield’s Los Angeles office at