The City is interested in receiving your feedback and recommendations about medical marijuana industry operations in Vallejo.
The City of Vallejo is seeking feedback from residents, stakeholders and businesses regarding medical marijuana industry operations.
The City Council has appointed a Medical Marijuana Stakeholder and Expert Group (MMSEG) who will serve in an advisory capacity to the City Manager to provide insight and feedback about patient and community needs as they relate to cultivation, delivery, manufacturing and testing of medical marijuana.
MMSEG meetings will be noticed and open to the public. Based on the meetings, research and input from the MMSEG, and input received on Open City Hall, staff will develop policy recommendations for City Council consideration with an anticipated recommendation presented to the City Council by July 1, 2016.
Recommendations will aim to protect neighborhoods and the environment, while ensuring that there is an appropriate supply of medical marijuana for qualified patients. Recommendations will not include modifications to the existing compliance framework as established in Vallejo Municipal Code 7.100.
Once draft proposed ordinance changes are developed, a second Open City Hall topic containing the recommended ordinance amendments will be posted for feedback in advance of City Council consideration.
On July 28, 2015, the City Council adopted an ordinance adding Chapter 7.100 to the Vallejo Municipal Code pertaining to requirements for limited immunity from civil prosecution for medical marijuana dispensaries.
In October 2015, the state legislature passed three bills to regulate medical marijuana. These bills affect state and local government licensing and permitting of medical marijuana businesses, attempt to protect local control of the medical marijuana industry and create a statewide framework for additional oversight of industry practices.
Specifically, AB 243 established a regulatory and licensing structure for cultivation sites under the Department of Food and Agriculture. The state law allows local municipalities to adopt local law to prohibit or regulate the cultivation of marijuana for medical use (qualified patients may not exceed 100 square feet for personal use only).
The City’s zoning code prohibits cultivation. Staff is currently developing recommendations for City Council consideration regarding under what conditions cultivation, delivery, manufacturing and testing operations would be acceptable in the City of Vallejo.
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