Council to set framework for pot dispensaries – Davis Enterprise

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What: Davis City Council meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

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

Watch it: On City of Davis Government Channel 16 and as streaming video at

The Davis City Council will dive into the topic of cannabis dispensaries on Tuesday as it continues to set local policies for recreational and medicinal use of marijuana.

While the council will not take action on a formal ordinance, discussions will center on how many cannabis dispensaries will be allowed to open, where they could be located, and what business permits and licenses will be required.

City officials are recommending that a maximum of four licenses for dispensaries be given out in the first two years of legal cannabis sales, or until January 2020. That number is based on a recommendation from the League of California Cities for one dispensary per 15,000 residents.

Mobile delivery services, however, would not be subject to this limit, as long as they are attached to a brick-and-mortar dispensary in Davis. 

“Four dispensaries should adequately satisfy the initial demand when considered in conjunction with mobile delivery services and cultivation for personal use,” states a recent city staff report. The report also explains that the two-year time frame will allow the city to identify any potential adjustments needed for the policy. 

Rather than accepting dispensary applications on a first-come, first-served basis, the city is considering opening up a window to accept applications all at once.

From there, the police chief, city Planning Department staff and other city staff would review and rank the applications. The timeline for this process has not yet been set.

On top of state licensing requirements, the city also could require businesses to acquire city of Davis cannabis business permits and licenses — which will subject them to local excise taxes

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