Although medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996, the Visalia City Council chose to not allow medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits. Now, with the passage of Proposition 64, which 55% of Tulare County voters opposed, California has moved to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
However, even under Prop. 64, local governments may restrict or completely prohibit any type of business licenses relating to marijuana. This issue is being debated in a number of local towns, particularly those with budget problems that see marijuana cultivation or retail sales as their tax salvation.
They are shortsighted if they allow it. There are those few who look to make a profit off this drug at the expense of public health and safety and are very vocal in support of licensing such businesses. The marijuana licensing issue will again come before the Visalia City Council in the near future.
Is this type of business good for our community, business districts, and neighboring businesses? Crime is common near pot shops, including assaults,…
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