RED BLUFF— The City Council Tuesday approved opening the city’s cannabis dispensary committee to owners and managers of Red Bluff businesses, provided they are Tehama County residents.
Originally at the city planned to limit the committee to three Red Bluff residents, in addition to city officials.
Scott Camp, during public comments, said this narrowed the scope of the committee and asked for it to be expanded to include owners of Red Bluff businesses who are county residents.
Councilwomen Amanda Jenkins and Kris Deiters agreed with Camp, and the council began discussing whether the application process should be reopened and expanded to include local businesses owned by county residents who don’t have a financial interest in cannabis.
Cody Strock, who applied to be on the committee, said if the council reopened applications, then it probably would not get any more than it already had. The council received three applications for the committee when it was restricted to city residents.
“You are also limiting it to a very specific class of people and a very specific income of people,” Strock said. “You are not opening it up to people who have services in the community, people who have a church in the community, go to school in the community, or anything like that.”
Jenkins said she has studied the businesses in Red Bluff and found them to be owned by people of many different income levels.
Robert Halpin said the committee should include someone who wants to open a dispensary or is at least knowledgeable about cannabis.
The council voted 3-2 to reopen the application process and for city staff to begin advertising for the positions. Mayor Daniele Eyestone and Johnna Jones cast the dissenting votes.
The three applicants who applied for the committee are still in the mix to be selected.