Auburn City Council taking another look at marijuana policy
Auburn, Calif. – The Auburn City Council is revisiting whether to continue developing additional local policy recommendations regarding commercial cannabis activities. To date, Placer County communities have resisted efforts to allow marijuana dispensaries and commercial activity.
In 2016, Placer County residents voted against Prop 64, which provided adults freedom to possess, grow, and consume marijuana for personal use along with provisions on regulation, licensing, and taxation of legalized use. Prop 64 went on to easily pass statewide by a 56 to 44 percent margin and legalized marijuana. Under Prop 64, local communities still retained the ability to restrict commercially related activities.
Restrictions on local dispensaries sends locally levied taxes that would otherwise be collected on local sales to outside jurisdictions. For example, Sacramento dispensaries and home weed delivery gladly provide these services daily to South Placer County residents while Nevada dispensaries serve Tahoe area residents and tourists.
PRAGMATIC APPROACH NEEDED
Questions remain, what are the benefits and risks of well regulated dispensaries and commercial cannabis industry in Placer County. There are many personal opinions on the pros and cons of cannabis, however, it’s critical to operate on facts over myths and dogma. What’s the smartest and most pragmatic approach for Placer County communities moving forward?
HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Regular meetings of the Auburn City Council are on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, at 6pm, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 1225 Lincoln Way.