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Council Votes to Allow Cannabis Businesses in Fullerton

Fullerton City Council voted 3-2 (Fitzgerald and Whitaker “no”) at their October 6 meeting to introduce an ordinance that would allow and regulate certain commercial cannabis activities in the City. Council will vote to adopt the ordinance at their next meeting.

The ordinance allows 5 cannabis retail businesses, 5 manufacturing, 5 cultivation, 5 transportation/distribution and unlimited testing businesses in certain commercial and manufacturing zones within the City pursuant to specified development and operational standards. Here is a map of where such businesses would be allowed to locate:

The ordinance also requires a separation “buffer” of 800-feet from schools, daycares, youth centers, youth organizations or club facilities, parks, playgrounds, city community centers, and libraries. It also requires a 300-feet buffer between retail locations.

The businesses will be selected through a merit-based point system reviewed and scored by an independent review panel. City Council will certify the selection process and the top candidates list. Commercial cannabis business permits must be renewed annually.

The ordinance also has local hiring and social equity requirements, extensive security requirements, and a community relations representative for ongoing outreach and education.

Cannabis/Marijuana was legalized for recreational use in California by Proposition 64 in 2016 by a majority of voters, including a majority of voters in Fullerton.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Jesse La Tour on Fullerton Observer

Published: October 08, 2020

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