Council extends timeframe for cannabis dispensary laws – Davis Enterprise

Cannabis dispensaries won’t receive their local approvals until the end of the year, after the Davis City Council agreed to extend the timeline for cannabis businesses at their meeting Tuesday night. 

Originally working under a rapid schedule to set a local framework for retail cannabis sales in Davis, city officials now will have an extra two to three months to conduct outreach efforts.

The council instructed staffers to work with UC Davis and the Davis Joint Unified School District before any new ordinances on dispensaries are approved.

The new timeline also makes room for the Davis Planning Commission to vet the city’s land-use decisions on cannabis dispensaries and delivery services. 

The expedited time schedule initially was chosen to help local cannabis businesses have everything in order to apply for state permits when they become available in January 2018. Councilman Will Arnold declared that the January deadline wasn’t the “be all, end all” that he was originally led to believe. 

In the meantime, city staffers are immediately opening the pre-application window to get a taste for how many and what types of dispensaries are eyeing Davis.

When it comes to the full-fledged business applications — which the city may begin accepting on Sept. 10 — the council will have the final say on which dispensaries are allowed to open up shop.

“If we get more than four (dispensary applications), we’re going to be in a position where we’re going to have to rank them. … We have to be as objective as possible in that ranking,” said Mayor Robb Davis.

The council voiced continued support for allowing up to four dispensaries within the city limits.

Other parts of the potential dispensary ordinance — language that would ban dispensaries from locating within 600 feet of a park or school — were dropped.

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