Commercial Cannabis Survey

The Town of Los Gatos values feedback, especially as we plan for the future of our community.

While California legalized cannabis (marijuana) with the passage of Proposition 64 in 2016, it is up to each municipality to decide if and how commercial cannabis retail, manufacturing, cultivation, events, and/or testing should be conducted in their communities.

To date, the Town of Los Gatos has not allowed for commercial cannabis retail, manufacturing, or cultivation. In the Bay Area region, the cities of San Jose, Santa Cruz, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Mountain View, Brisbane, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, San Carlos, South San Francisco, San Francisco, Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro and Union City have allowed commercial cannabis operations.

For more background on California Cannabis Legislation, please visit the California Cannabis Portal at https://cannabis.ca.gov/. While the legislation begins at the State level, each City and Town has the opportunity to enact its own Cannabis laws and regulations based on many factors, including what's the best for a particular community as a whole; provided those regulations do not conflict with State law. At the January 26, 2021 Town Council Strategic Priorities Meeting, Council gave direction to start obtaining the Community’s feedback in order for Council to determine whether to amend its municipal code to allow commercial cannabis activities in Los Gatos.

The Town is seeking input from the community to help guide this process. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Data from the survey will be compiled and the overall results will be used to assist the planning process. Please submit your completed survey by October 22, 2021.

For each question, please select the answer that best reflects your position, values or beliefs regarding potential commercial cannabis businesses in the Town of Los Gatos. Thank you for taking the time to have your say!

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* 1. Which of the following best describes you?

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* 2. In general, do you support or oppose allowing commercial cannabis businesses in Los Gatos?

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* 3. Storefront cannabis retailers are commonly allowed in commercial districts where other similar types of retail stores may be located. However, the Town may limit storefront retailers to only specific types of commercial district.  If storefront retail cannabis businesses (dispensary) are allowed, where should they be located in Los Gatos? (Choose all that apply)

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* 4. Some cities have chosen to limit the number of permits that will be issued for various types of cannabis businesses. This can be done on a “first come/first served” basis, or by a lottery, or by a competitive ranking process. What is the maximum number of storefront retail cannabis businesses (dispensary) that should be permitted in Los Gatos?

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* 5. Commercial cannabis businesses may have the potential to produce a number of impacts on the surrounding community. Some of these concerns may be common to other retail businesses, such as traffic, parking, signage and lighting. Others, such as odors, may be more specific to cannabis businesses. Which of the following (Choose all that apply) do you agree with as potential concerns from storefront cannabis retailers?

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* 6. Non-storefront cannabis retail businesses sell cannabis goods to customers exclusively through delivery, must have a State-licensed facility to store the cannabis goods, and shall not be open to the public. If allowed, where should non-storefront retail cannabis businesses be located in Los Gatos ? (Choose all that apply)

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* 7. What is the maximum number of non-storefront retail cannabis (delivery facility) businesses that should be permitted in Los Gatos?

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* 8. A microbusiness license allows a licensee to engage in 3+ of the following activities at the same location: cultivate cannabis on an area up to 10,000 square feet, distribute, manufacture, and retail. If cannabis microbusinesses are allowed, where should they be located in Los Gatos? (Choose all that apply)

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* 9. What is the maximum number of cannabis microbusinesses that should be permitted in Los Gatos?

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* 10. State law requires a 600-foot buffer between a licensed cannabis business and “sensitive uses,” such as schools, day care centers, and youth community centers, in existence when the initial license is issued. Should the Town maintain the State’s list of “sensitive uses” or add additional uses? (Choose all that apply)

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* 11. Towns are able to increase the distance from sensitive uses. In your opinion, the Town should:

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* 12. If cannabis retail and microbusinesses are allowed in Los Gatos, should they be concentrated in close proximity to other commercial cannabis businesses OR should they be dispersed throughout the community?

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* 13. Please provide any additional comments, questions, or concerns regarding regulating cannabis retail and microbusinesses in Los Gatos. Please also elaborate on reasoning for any of the answers to the previous questions.

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