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County Updates

June 9, 2017Commercial Cannabis Business Tax Payment Schedule

The commercial cannabis business tax is imposed on a fiscal year basis and is due and payable in quarterly installments as detailed in Monterey County Code Section 7.100.060.
Monterey County operates on a fiscal year which runs from July 1 through June 30.
The commercial cannabis business tax shall be remitted on or before the last day of the month following the close of each fiscal quarter. The tax due shall be no less than the quarterly installment due. However, the taxpayer may at any time elect to pay the tax for the full fiscal year. (MCC Sec. 7.100.060).
Below is a quick reference of the fiscal quarters and the corresponding tax payment due dates, which you may find helpful.

  • Quarterly Period

    July, August, September

    October, November, December

    January, February, March

    April, May, June

  • Due Date

    October 31

    January 31

    April 30

    July 30


February 27, 2017 Memorandum from RMA Director stating: “Regulation and permitting of cannabis activities is a new endeavor for everyone in the County. We continue to try to improve our permitting process, so new interpretations and updates may be necessary. We are committed to keeping everyone informed as we move forward. Medical cannabis regulation amendments for outdoor cultivation are being discussed and regulations for recreational (adult-use) cannabis activities are on the horizonMeanwhile, outdoor cultivation over 100 square feet is not permitted and recreational uses are not allowed.

**Please see individual cities for their more in-depth and specific updates.


2016 Election Updates

  • Monterey County – Measure Y – $25 per sq ft of cultivation
  • Salinas – Measure L – Tax on commercial cannabis business
  • Gonzales – Measure W – Create and add Commercial Cannabis Tax
  • Greenfield- Measure O – Cannabis Business Tax on cultivation, dispensaries, deliveries, distribution, manufacturing, nurseries, testing, and transportation of medical and nonmedical marijuana
  • King City – Measure J – Cultivation tax of $25 per sq ft and $10 sq ft after 5,000 sq ft

Monterey County

Monterey County Cannabis Permit Applications will be accepted now. Adult use/recreational cannabis businesses are not permitted anywhere in the County until state licenses become available for such operations (anticipated to occur in January 2018). The County anticipates adopting regulations for adult use/recreational cannabis businesses in the near future. For more information, visit their website.