Commercial Cannabis Information

In November 2020, Artesia voters approved Measure Q; a ballot measure that allows taxes to be collected from the sale of cannabis in Artesia. In November 2021, the City Council identified cannabis as an opportunity to enhance economic development and created an ad-hoc committee of the City Council to work on an Ordinance that would lift the prohibitions on medical and commercial cannabis activities in the City, and establish regulations to provide a permitting process for cannabis sales and businesses within Artesia.

In 2022, the City held a variety of public meetings, including a Town Hall meeting to provide the public the opportunity to comment on a draft Ordinance that would permit up to three retail cannabis businesses to operate within the City. 

The Artesia City Council amended changes to the City’s Zoning Code by adopting Ordinance No. 22-929 in October 2022, to permit cannabis retail sales within certain zones in the City.  The City Council also adopted regulatory Ordinance No. 22-930 in November 2022, to permit commercial cannabis activity within Artesia.  Ordinance No. 22-930 is in the process of being amended by Ordinance No. 22-938, which was introduced on December 13, 2022, and set for second reading and adoption on January 17, 2023, going into effect 30 days following adoption on February 16, 2023. 

This webpage will be updated periodically to provide information relating to the status of the City’s Cannabis Program, opening of the application period, to address frequently asked questions (FAQ’s), and provide application materials and guidelines for potential cannabis businesses.  The City expects to open the application period in early 2023. 

All inquiries must be submitted by email to Responses will be provided through the cannabis website FAQ page.

Important note to prospective cannabis applicants: It is the responsibility of prospective applicants to closely monitor the Artesia cannabis website for new information.  Any attempt to contact City staff using alternative methods of communication (e.g. direct email to City staff, phone calls, visits to City Hall, etc.) are highly discouraged, and should not be relied upon for accurate information regarding the application process.

The City will not be accepting sponsorships or donations for any City-operated program from any cannabis-related business or applicant.  Prospective applicants should not contact City staff or officials regarding any sponsorship or donation opportunities.

Available Materials
City of Artesia Ordinance No. 22-929
Title 9, Chapter 2, Article 44 (Commercial Marijuana Use and Cultivation)
Adopted October 10, 2022

City of Artesia Ordinance No. 22-930
Title 3, Chapter 2, Article 8 (Adult Cannabis Businesses and Activities)
Adopted November 14, 2022

City of Artesia Ordinance No. 22-938
Amending Sections 3-2.802 and 3-2.803 of Article 8 (Adult Cannabis Businesses and Activities)
Adopted January 17, 2023

Zoning Map (for illustrative purposes only, and not to be used for final zoning clearance)


Application Materials

Application Procedures Guidelines and Review Criteria – COMING SOON

Permit Application – COMING SOON    
          Application Form    
          Financial Responsibility, Indemnity, and Consent to Inspection Terms Agreement    
          Property Owner Consent/Landlord Affidavit Commercial Cannabis Business (CCB)