As the discussion of whether Corning should be home to marijuana dispensaries continues, the subject will come before the city Planning Commission for a public hearing and vote of recommendation on Oct. 17.
On Sept. 19, the city hosted a Planning Commission and City Council public workshop for the purpose of sharing information on a draft ordinance that repeals existing regulations concerning dispensaries.
The draft ordinance allows for a limit of two marijuana dispensaries along the west end of Solano Street, Highway 99W and areas on the west side of the freeway.
It is packed with rules and regulations concerning security, safety, required distances from schools, residences, playground, churches and more. In addition, the draft ordinance deals with odor control measures, disposal measures, signage, backgrounds checks, permits, licenses and taxation.
During the standing-room-only workshop at the City Council Chambers, several people stood up to voice their opposition to the city allowing pot shops, while others voiced their support.
Among those standing in opposition is Steve Kimbrough, former city manager, Tony Cardenas who is a former city councilman and city police chief, and the city’s former mayor, Gary Strack.
After the Planning Commission makes its decision on whether to recommend the ordinance to the City Council, the next step will be for draft ordinance to go before the city council on Nov. 14 for a public hearing and first reading.
The draft is schedule to come before the City Council for a second reading and council vote on Nov. 28.
“This is a tentative schedule,” Planning Consultant John Stoufer said. “The state has given cities and counties until Jan. 1 to have everything in place concerning adult recreational marijuana use. If we can keep this schedule, we will have that accomplished by the end of December.”
City Manager Kristina Miller said city staff has been working long and hard on the draft ordinance, including trips to marijuana dispensaries in Shasta Lake City.
To date, Tehama County, Red Buff and the city of Tehama have banned marijuana dispensaries.
Currently, Corning allows the cultivation of six marijuana plants in enclosed structures separate from residences, but due to state law will have to change that to allow for cultivation within residences.
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