While still in early discussions, Sausalito could be the first municipality in Southern Marin where people can walk into a dispensary and buy cannabis.
The City Council has created a committee to discuss a potential ordinance or resolution to allow storefront cannabis retail. The group includes Councilman Joe Burns, Councilwoman Joan Cox, City Attorney Mary Wagner and Community Development Director Lilly Whalen.
The committee will consider different types of proposals, possible locations, license limitations and the application process. The council is leaning toward establishing a development agreement.
“We have the flexibility to do that, to choose the entity that’s going to provide the maximum benefit to the city and has the best business plan for pursuing this in the city,” Cox said at the council’s meeting on Tuesday. “And, you know, I don’t think we can discount the revenues that are possible to us through the development agreement approach either.”
She added she is no longer in firm opposition to a storefront, a stance she took in past meetings.
Burns said the group is working on the details and there is no set timeline to bring its recommendations back to the council. But he added that lifting bans on dispensaries is past due.
“I really don’t want to go through many more of these meetings,” he said. “It’s an obvious no-brainer to me. I would suggest that we direct staff to actually come back with an ordinance allowing a storefront and get on with this.”
The council expressed opposition to putting a dispensary downtown and suggested it would be a better fit for the Marinship area or the north end of Bridgeway.
Councilman Tom Reilly said there needs to be more discussion with the public about putting a dispensary in the Marinship area, which is zoned for industrial and art