HMB Ballot Measures on Cannabis Regulation

Measure EE

ADVISORY VOTE ONLY: Should the City draft and adopt an ordinance to allow and regulate commercial, greenhouse cultivation of mature cannabis plants on existing greenhouse sites in the City’s A-1 (Agricultural/Exclusive Floriculture) Zoning District?


Primary Argument in Favor:

According to the City of HMB, 69% of voters favored Proposition 64, which legalized a regulated cannabis industry statewide two years ago. These cannabis ballot measures are a continuation of the process to implement a local, regulated cannabis industry in alignment with the mandate of our voters from 2016.

The Coastside Cannabis Coalition supports this advisory measure to draft and adopt an ordinance to allow and locally regulate commercial, greenhouse nursery cultivation of mature cannabis plants in existing greenhouse sites in the City’s A-1 Zoning District.

We believe that the required security, restricted access, and environmental protection measures included in state cannabis regulations already address many of the community’s concerns regarding cannabis cultivation on the coast. The county has already allowed the cultivation of mature cannabis plants, and adopting an ordinance allowing mature plants in HMB would put us in alignment with the county for regulatory and enforcement purposes. 

Passing this measure would also support our local farmers and nursery operators by allowing them to get involved in cannabis related economic opportunities, which many have repeatedly asked for since Prop 64 was passed. The County is supporting out-of-county investors in coming to properties in the HMB area to begin licensed cannabis operations. The small number of eligible cultivation facilities in HMB are owned by local families who have been contributing to our community for generations. We should not keep our neighbors and local farmers from accessing these same time sensitive opportunities. 

Additionally, passing this measure would allow our community to have local control of our cannabis regulations, so that HMB residents and Coastsiders can decide what is best for our local community instead of out-of-town and out-of-county speculators.

Learn more about state regulations, public safety, security provisions, preventing youth access, environmental impact, odor/light control measures, and more on our Fear vs. Fact Sheet.


Rebuttal to Primary Argument Against:

This is an ADVISORY MEASURE ONLY to give the City Council guidance as to the community’s opinions on mature cannabis cultivation for potential future ordinances. 

Support our local farmers by voting in favor and cutting through the factual inaccuracies! Let farmers decide what crops to grow, and what works for their nurseries and facilities.

Here are the most important factual inaccuracies to note:

  • Cannabis cultivation in existing greenhouses will have no material impact on neighboring residences due to strict State standards regarding lights, odors, security, environmental impact, and more.

  • Security measures must include limitations on signage and visibility, 24-hour video surveillance and alarm systems, strict facility access controls, inventory tracking, management protocols, and more.

The City of Half Moon Bay is not a cannabis tourism destination like Humboldt County, Mendocino County, or Santa Cruz - and we do not want to turn it into one! We only support a local, regulated cannabis industry within the context of what is right for our unique community, in order to help our local medical patients access safe, regulated cannabis products and local farmers access economic opportunities to keep our jobs, taxes, and decision-making local.

Learn more about state regulations, public safety, security provisions, preventing youth access, environmental impact, odor/light control measures, and more on our Fear vs. Fact Sheet.