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Marijuana dispensary workshop slated for Dec. 1 in Nevada City

Different strains of marijuana are displayed during a rally in support of Prop 64 at Sparc Dispensary Nov. 8, in San Francisco. California voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday allowing recreational marijuana in the nation's most populous state.

Different strains of marijuana are displayed during a rally in support of Prop 64 at Sparc Dispensary Nov. 8, in San Francisco. California voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday allowing recreational marijuana in the nation's most populous state.

KNOW & GO

What: Cannabis dispensary workshop

Who: Hosted by Nevada City Planning Commission

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Nevada City City Hall, 317 Broad St.

The time to discuss the potential for a cannabis dispensary within the boundaries of Nevada City limits has arrived.

The city’s Planning Commission will hold a special evening workshop dedicated entirely to the topic at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, at City Hall, 317 Broad St. in Nevada City.

The topic has been contentious on both sides of the issue with large showings of proponents and opponents stating their cases on a potential dispensary during public comment periods at previous City Council and Planning Commission meetings.

The City Council first decided to look at the option during a meeting held Sept. 28 when members unanimously decided to move forward with the process and referred a draft ordinance to the Planning Commission for consideration and recommendation.

The commission opted to hold a public workshop structured similarly to those utilized with discussion of the Sugarloaf Trail and Nevada Street Bridge design. According to a staff report, the meeting is designed to obtain public feedback that will inform the Planning Commission as to the community’s concerns and most-valued priorities regarding a cannabis dispensary.

City Planner Amy Wolfson is slated to start the meeting with an overview of the process and workshop, followed by an introduction of the draft ordinance by consulting attorney Crystal Hodgson (View the draft ordinance, found on pages 57-94). The crowd will then be broken into groups, in which they will consider various aspects of the proposed ordinance.

City staff will then analyze the data obtained during the meeting for the Planning Commission. If the process produces a cannabis dispensary ordinance, it would essentially pave the way for what could be the first storefront cannabis dispensary in all of Nevada County.

To contact Staff Writer Elias Funez email efunez@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4230.