Cannabis producers will be allowed to grow the leafy drug in Arvin next year.
Despite pushback from Arvin residents and others from throughout Kern County, the Arvin City Council unanimously approved an ordinance allowing for the indoor cultivation of recreational and medical marijuana, with Councilman Jess Ortiz absent.
Arvin is now the second city in Kern County to allow some kind of cultivation; California City approved an ordinance last year that pertains only to medical marijuana cultivation. Bakersfield and Kern County have both banned commercial pot activity.
“What we’re doing here tonight is making sure we’re moving forward with this new industry and taking control of cannabis within our city,” said Mayor Jose Gurrola. “This ordinance sends a message that rather than put our heads in the sand and hope that everything turns out okay, we’re taking proactive steps to put cannabis in the city’s control, keep it out of our kids’ hands and making sure the city recuperates its costs in terms of regulating this industry.”
The council passed the ordinance as the deadline to get something approved is fast approaching. All cities across the state must have a plan in place addressing cannabis by the end of the year because starting in January, the state will begin issuing permits to manufacturers, dispensaries and other businesses following the passage of Proposition 64 last November.
The Nov. 21 meeting was the last regular meeting of the Arvin City Council, and therefore the last chance to get an ordinance passed. The ordinance is set to take effect in January.
Arvin’s ordinance allows for a maximum grow of 1,350,000 square feet at a time. Businesses and their employees will be required to apply yearly for permits in order to