State licensing of retail marijuana outlets in California is scheduled to begin January 1, 2018. Cities and counties have a window of opportunity to either a) impose a temporary moratorium (even if this may be better phrased as a ban), with the intent of developing their regulatory framework more calmly; b) issue local ordinances to regulate the marijuana market before January; c) ban the sale of marijuana or d) do nothing, in which cases any rules adopted by the state will be in effect. ​

Getting it Right from the Start was created to develop tools and provide assistance to local jurisdictions and community partners to navigate this window and protect their community against further proliferation of youth use and problem use by instituting appropriate protections against unfettered promotion by the rapidly burgeoning legal marijuana industry.


Silver, Lynn, et al., Getting it Right from the Start | Local Regulation of Recreational Marijuana, Model Ordinance Regulating Local Cannabis Retail Sales and Marketing, December 2017