Pomona marijuana meeting addresses questions from residents – California News

Pomona marijuana meeting addresses questions from residents – California News

POMONA >> Questions related to commercial marijuana operations, and the city’s interest in a permitting plan for the drug’s cultivation for personal use were among the queries that came up during the first of a series of community meetings about pot.

About 40 people gathered at Washington Park Community Center recently where they were briefed on the voter approved Proposition 64, also known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, and the steps the city is taking leading to the establishment of local regulations involving the use of marijuana for recreational use.

The purpose of the meeting, the first of three scheduled to take place around the city, was to provide a means by which residents could express their opinions associated with cannabis.

“We’re here to listen to you,” Mayor Tim Sandoval told the audience.

Also present at the Community Center were Council members Rubio Gonzalez, Adriana Robledo, Cristina Carrizosa and Elizabeth Ontiveros-Cole.

Assistant City Attorney Andrew Jared explained that on Nov. 8, 2016 California voters approved Proposition 64. Under Proposition 64 it became legal the day after the election for people 21 and older to use marijuana and to cultivate a maximum of six marijuana plants per residence.

At this time, the state is preparing for Jan. 1, 2018 when the state will oversee the cultivation, testing and distribution of nonmedical marijuana along with the manufacturing of nonmedical marijuana products.

While that is taking place, cities who wish to have a say in the regulation of recreational marijuana within their boundaries must take action before Jan. 1.

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