Grass Valley continues marijuana ad hoc committee meetings
Around 20 stakeholders and residents joined Grass Valley leaders at City Hall Thursday to continue a discussion on possible regulations if dispensaries are allowed in the city and to express their thoughts on how recreational marijuana fits in to the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
“As you know, we still have a ban on dispensaries and growth,” said Grass Valley Council member Jan Arbuckle, who co-chaired the latest marijuana ad hoc committee meeting with Vice-mayor Howard Levine. “We are trying to go through the process and see if anything would be a fit for the city.”
The city council created the committee in December to gather public input, which will be used by officials to shape a cannabis ordinance. Since the first meeting in January, attendees have discussed several facets of marijuana regulation.
The focus of the conversation is on dispensaries, which are currently banned within city limits, the county and nearby Nevada City. Officials said there is no indication at this point that the city will legalize dispensaries, but said council members will carefully assess the issue when they draft the cannabis ordinance.
“There is no policy right now that we are considering an option, the policy we have right now is no growth, no dispensary, no delivery,” Levine said. “With MMRSA, we have the option of considering whether that is a long-term option for the city.”
He said the role of the committee is to stimulate dialogue and gather information.
“At some point we will have to make a decision whether they (dispensaries) are detrimental to the city, or if they are positive for the city,” he added. “But those things will be weighed in the future.”
Arbuckle urged people in the community with thoughts on the issue to send their comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or to contact the city. Levine said a report on the findings of the meeting would probably be compiled in early fall. A date for the next meeting date is still being determined.
To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email email@example.com, or call 530-477-4236.
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