City of Napa planning commission supports adult-use cannabis sales in city

An ordinance permitting adult-use retail sales of cannabis now only needs Napa City Council approval to become active in the city of Napa.

The city’s planning commission voted 4-0 on Thursday — with commissioner Gordon Huether absent — to recommend the Napa City Council approve an amendment to the city’s cannabis ordinance that would allow for the sale of cannabis products to customers 21 years old or older.

The amendment would come into effect 30-days following city council approval. The city council has already voted 4-1 — with only council member Liz Alessio opposing — to direct staff to prepare the amendment back in October.

A discussion about updating the city’s cannabis ordinance was prioritized as a policy goal by the city council in March this year.

Only medical sales of cannabis are currently permitted in the city. That means customers need a physician-approved medical-use card to purchase cannabis products at any of the city’s six dispensaries.

Most California residents — 57% statewide and 61% of Napa residents — voted to legalize recreational cannabis use in the state in 2016. But most California cities still don’t allow adult-use sales.


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