On Wednesday, more than 100 Coastsiders, government officials and others with an interest in the cannabis industry packed the Ted Adcock Community Center in Half Moon Bay for a public workshop. Facilitated by county and city staff, participants were invited to learn and ask questions about how cannabis cultivation and retail activities could impact the community.
Previously, city officials said they’d incorporate the feedback they gathered from the session into a draft ordinance for their Sept. 19 council meeting. That’s no longer the case. Instead, staff said it would encourage further discussion and continue to solicit feedback.
“It’s not a done deal,” Deputy City Manager Matthew Chidester said.
Past discussions explored the idea of allowing cannabis cultivation and ancillary retail activities in existing greenhouses, so long as they wouldn’t generate excessive traffic, noise or light pollution, and met setback requirements from schools, daycares and residences.
On Jan. 1, the state will begin to issue licenses for cannabis cultivation, testing labs, distribution, manufacturing and retail opportunities. Local governments must develop their own ordinances that dictate whether they’ll ban or regulate each of these activities by some time in 2018. If they choose to regulate them, there must be a plan in place to do so. Deputy City Attorney Heather Minner said that Jan. 1 is not a strict deadline, but it would be a good idea for local jurisdictions to have their guidelines in place soon.
Still, city leaders…
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