A cannabis dispensary could soon be coming to Lathrop.
The Lathrop City Council voted 4-1 on Monday – with Councilman Paul Akinjo dissenting – to approve a number of amendments to the city’s existing codes that will allow for a single cannabis dispensary operation to open within the community as long as it fits the parameters outlined by the council and has an approved development agreement with the city.
It marked the second time in three months that the council considered the matter – declining back in September to the do the same thing after the Lathrop Planning Commission voted 4-1 earlier this year to approve the proposal before them.
The decision marks a major change in the city’s attitude towards cannabis in general – outdoor cultivation of cannabis plants was banned even for medical patients with the necessary clearance, and that was only relaxed after California voters approved a proposition that decriminalized possession of personal use amounts of cannabis and the retail sale of it.
The city plans on using Merit Based Selection Criteria as a way to objectively award applicants with the ability to “move forward with the formal application to operate a cannabis dispensary in the city” – a system that will allow staff to review potential operations and make more specific recommendations to the council.
Ultimately it will be the Lathrop City Council that will decide which the applications will get to operate within the city limits.
Lathrop’s new Chief of Police, Raymond Bechler, will also play a major role in the process as a member of the development agreement review committee, and representatives from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office will also be included if the proposal for a dispensary works its way to that level before the city’s