Nevada City council members unanimously approved an ordinance allowing a single medical cannabis dispensary within city limits at Wednesday night’s meeting.
An application for individuals wishing to operate a dispensary will be available within 60 days, the council estimated.
They said a 30-day window is necessary to select the best candidate once applications are turned in.
The city will keep the cost of the application low, requiring only a fee to cover administrative review expenses, said Mayor Evans Phelps.
The council will also work to ensure compatibility between the approved dispensary and the neighborhood where it will operate, Phelps said, addressing a commenter who was concerned that the ordinance only requires 600 feet of distance between the dispensary and any nearby schools.
The ideal applicant will also have local roots and some experience in the cannabis industry, with a proven track record of financial success.
California voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996 — 21 years prior to Nevada City’s decision to allow patients to purchase medicine in a local storefront.
“It’s not over yet,” said Phelps. “But I think we made a major step forward.”
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