KING CITY — King City Council adopted an ordinance during its Feb. 25 meeting that will allow cannabis retail businesses within the city.
The ordinance will take effect March 26 and allows up to two retail businesses in specific areas, which can include First Street east of Ellis Street or the highway service zone west of Highway 101, excluding Canal Street.
The 3-2 vote saw Mayor Mike LeBarre, Rob Cullen and Carlos DeLeon voting in favor of the ordinance, while Carlos Victoria and Darlene Acosta voted against.
Numerous residents spoke during the public comment section of the meeting, with most speaking out against cannabis dispensaries within the city, citing safety for children as a common concern. Some spoke in favor, citing the benefits of cannabis and the need for adult responsibility.
“I listened to everyone’s comments and I think they brought up very good points. I’m very appreciative of them coming to the meeting,” LeBarre said. “Here in King City, while we may disagree on things, we can still do it in an agreeable manner.”
“I think it’s a horrible thing at the expense of our young people,” said Acosta during her comments from the council.
Acosta asked that the city should at least change the social hosting ordinance to include parents and adults that distribute cannabis to children.
LeBarre said an item would be on the next agenda to create a subcommittee to review the social hosting ordinance. Not only would they review cannabis and vaping, but other items legal for adults but not children, such as e-cigarettes.
Victoria, during his council comments, held up a bag of edibles seized from a middle school student in King City.
“The three of you are putting our youth at the risk of having this,” Victoria said.
Community member Carla Mullanix-Ackerman noted