Staff to bring draft marijuana law to council
At the end of a nearly two-hour discussion, the Avalon City Council directed staff to bring back a draft ordinance to regulate marijuana at the end of Monday’s study session on the issue.
Now that voters have legalized adult recreational marijuana use California cities have until January to decide whether to allow marijuana and, if so, how to regulate it locally. Monday was the council’s second study session on the subject.
According to Marc Tran, of the law firm Best, Best & Krieger, the city’s options are to do nothing, allow all uses, allow some uses or prohibit most uses. Best, Best & Krieger provides legal services to Avalon and other cities.
The council members appeared to agree that there should be no storefront commercial marijuana dispensaries in town. However, the council appeared undecided about whether to allow individuals to grow their own marijuana indoors or outdoors. State law allows six plants per residence for personal cultivation.
City Manager Dave Jinkens pointed out that there might be fire code issues with allowing residential cultivation. Jinkens also said there might be some building code issues.
Kern County Planning Commission could face cannabis debate Thursday
The Kern County Planning Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday and the agenda could include one of the toughest debates facing county leaders this year.
Should the county ban or regulate the cultivation, processing and distribution of the stuff in unincorporated areas?
Planning commissioners will have a massive, detailed environmental report in front of them – complete with comments from the public and modifications to the document on which to base their decision.
Using that information they’ll have to pick one of two options to recommend to the Kern County Board of Supervisors for final approval.
The first option – a ban – is easy to understand.
State voters approved Proposition 64 last year making adult-use marijuana legal in California.
Madera stalwart on pot rejection
The Madera City Council declined this week to further explore or implement any ordinances that would allow the local manufacturing or retail sales of recreational marijuana products.
Under Proposition 64 cities and counties in California can now allow, regulate and tax the growing, manufacture and sale of recreational marijuana and it’s related edible products within their jurisdictions.
The council listened intentlyWednesday night to the last of three detailed presentations regarding the potential impacts adopting ordinances allowing local marijuana manufacturing and or sales could have on Madera.
Lt. Gino Chiaramonte of the Madera Police Department detailed his visits to early adopter cities in Colorado and said crime increases had been minimal in the three cities he reviewed, but the cities had noted among other things, an increase in the homeless population and their more aggressive panhandling after the implementation of the retail sales ordinances.
“Retail sales really seemed to draw the homeless in,” Chiaramonte said. “When asked they even said that was why they were there.” The other issues he noted were smells involved with manufacturing and the difficulty in converting the existing illegal black market marijuana grows into the more restrictive legal, taxable framework.
Stanislaus County could limit marijuana outlets. ‘Green fees’ also proposed.
Stanislaus County supervisors could approve what officials are calling a conservative strategy for permitting marijuana dispensaries and other commercial cannabis activities.
The Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday for allowing no more than seven retail dispensaries in the unincorporated area. The county would permit up to 54 other cannabis operations, including nurseries, manufacturing, testing, distribution and delivery services.
If approved, the rules will apply in county-governed territory. Modesto and the other eight cities in Stanislaus County will have their own rules for commercial cannabis.