UPDATE August 17th:

A measure to legalize cannabis retail in Dana Point will not be on the ballot this November. The citizen initiative proposing to allow up to three cannabis businesses to operate within the city failed to meet the Aug. 12 deadline to qualify for the upcoming election.

Dana Point’s municipal code currently prohibits cannabis businesses from operating in the city. Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Stanton are the only cities in Orange County that allow cannabis retail storefronts. 

This past April, Dana Point received the notice of intention to circulate the petition for the proposed measure, referred to as “The Dana Point Cannabis Regulation and Land Use Measure.”

The city filing identified a Dayne Andrea Keating as the applicant for the petition. Attempts to contact the applicant have been unsuccessful as of this posting.

To qualify for the upcoming General Election, the petition had to have been submitted with signatures from 10% of registered voters and verified by the Orange County Registrar of Voters before Aug. 12.


This Citizen’s Initiative would repeal Dana Point’s current prohibition against cannabis (marijuana) businesses from operating within the City, by legalizing retail cannabis facilities subject to various limitations, and granting the City Council (“Council”) the discretion to legalize commercial cannabis indoor cultivation, distribution, manufacturing, and testing laboratories. Outdoor commercial cannabis cultivation remains prohibited.

A City permit would be required for retail operations, with a limit of 3 permits citywide; and, only 1 permit allowed per permittee. The Council would have the discretion to authorize additional retail permits