Council considers regulations for up to four pot dispensaries – Davis Enterprise


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What: Davis City Council meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Community Chambers, Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd.

Watch it: On City Government Channel 16 and as streaming video at www.cityofdavis.org

The Davis City Council will take another look at cannabis dispensaries and delivery services at its meeting Tuesday, in a race against the clock to set local rules in place before the fall.

If Davis’ cannabis policies have been adopted by fall, cannabis businesses based here will be eligible for state permits as soon as they are available in 2018. Local officials will be working through the summer in an effort to make that happen.

The latest draft ordinance on dispensaries would allow up to four dispensaries to open shop in Davis. That number is based on a recommendation from the League of California Cities for one dispensary per 15,000 population.

Under the draft ordinance, dispensaries would be allowed to open up anywhere in town except residential neighborhoods. However, retailers would be barred from locating within 600 feet of a park or K-12 school and within 1,000 feet of another dispensary.

The ordinance does not differentiate between medical and recreational dispensaries, as these might occupy the same store fronts. If a dispensary offers both medical and recreational marijuana, however, the location would count only as one dispensary, not two, a recent city staff report states.

On Tuesday, council members will have another opportunity to weigh in on the number of dispensaries, if those facilities should be permitted to carry recreational and medical cannabis, and if they should be prohibited in any land-use zones in town.

The council also could give direction on the approval process for dispensaries, and what areas they can occupy.

Beyond acquiring a number of local permits and business licenses, all dispensaries would

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