Ordinance 2014-20 governs medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivation in the City of Fresno. A basic summary of its provisions appears below.
Medical cannabis dispensaries
Medical cannabis collectives and dispensaries, as defined, are prohibited in the City of Fresno, pursuant to Fresno Muncipal Code Sec. 12-306-N-56.
(See Ordinance 2007-42.)
Medical cannabis cultivation
Medical cannabis cultivation by qualified patients, both indoors and outdoors, is prohibited in the City of Fresno, pursuant to Fresno Municipal Code Sec. 12-2104. Before the passage of Ordinance 2014-20, outdoor cultivation was prohibited but indoor cultivation was allowed under Ordinance 2012-13.
Penalties for violations
The Fresno cannabis ordinance imposes heavy fines to deter cannabis cultivation. The base fine is $1,000 per plant, pursuant to FMC Sec. 12-2105, and additional penalties and interest may apply. There is no explicit provision for misdemeanor punishment in Ordinance 2014-20, but the municipal code declares elsewhere that all violations can be charged as misdemeanors.
Previous Fresno cannabis ordinances
The Fresno City Council passed its first medical cannabis ordinance in 2004 with a ban on dispensaries serving more than two patients or caregivers.
On Dec. 15, 2011, the Fresno City Council passed Ordinance 2011-41, an interim urgency ordinance prohibiting the outdoor cultivation of marijuana in the city. The outdoor growing ban was extended for 10 months, 15 days, by Ordinance 2012-3, which was passed by the council on Jan. 26, 2012.