Cannabis ordinance takes big step forward in Cloverdale – Sonoma West

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They covered a lot of ground at the Sept. 12 meeting of the Cloverdale City Council, but the most significant moment was when the council voted unanimously for the long awaited cannabis ordinance to take a big step forward into the final phase.

Citing business and property interests Councilmember Mary Ann Brigham recused herself from the discussion, leaving the dais for Kate Cook from the Cloverdale City Attorney’s office to present the information to the council.

Proposition 64, legalizing recreational use of marijuana in California was passed in 2016, and since then Cloverdale has been hard at work to prepare its own ordinances. In addition, State Senate Bill 94 was passed in the summer of 2017, creating additional requirements of local ordinances to be in compliance with state rules.

Out of all those threads, the current ordinance was born, and presented for approval. Highlights of the ordinance include:

For commercial: nonmedical and medical businesses will be allowed in certain zones with regulations; Cannabis permits will be required for all businesses (fees to be determined); two dispensaries will be allowed in the city; and manufacturing, cultivation, distribution and testing are the commercial applications considered.

For personal cultivation there will be no changes to current medical regulations.

Prop 64 requires that all adults over the age of 21 are allowed six plants per parcel for outdoor cultivation (this is something the previous ordinance had sought to disallow, but must now be allowed under state law).

Dispensaries are restricted to the following districts: downtown commercial, transit oriented commercial, general commercial, service commercial, industrial park and general industrial. They can be no larger that 1,500 square feet, including restrooms and non-dispensary areas, and are not allowed within 600 feet of schools and daycare facilities, 100 feet of residential zones, or

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