Hueneme to review cannabis rules to help dispensaries – VC Star

Port Hueneme is poised to update regulations of the city’s cannabis businesses to aid the struggling industry.

The City Council will take an initial vote on Tuesday to implement three strategies aimed at helping local cannabis businesses stay competitive as more dispensaries open throughout Ventura County. 

The changes would:

allow free-standing cannabis consumption loungesexpand hours of operationsmake it easier for dispensaries to host some onsite events

Tony Stewart, the city’s community development director, said at a November council meeting local cannabis businesses were prospering until about a year prior. Since then, revenues have been stagnant or falling.

Current city code allows dispensaries to operate consumption lounges, but they have to be attached to the business. Because most occupy small buildings and lack the space to expand, the dispensaries can’t open lounges, staff said in a report.