CALIFORNIA: The Fresno City Council adopted an ordinance regulating the production and sale of cannabis, with a 5-2 vote. The ordinance is the product of a year-long effort by the Council Cannabis Sub-Committee, made up of Council Member Clint Olivier, Council Member Oliver Baines, and Council Member Paul Caprioglio. The Sub-Committee received input from the City Attorney’s Office, City Department Heads, an industry consultant, and the public in drafting the regulations.
The adopted ordinance provides regulations and zoning areas for cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and retail businesses. There will be seven medicinal retail outlets allowed in the first nine months of cannabis operation in the City of Fresno. At that point, seven more retail outlets will have the opportunity to be approved, either medicinal or adult-use.
“Today, the City of Fresno has taken a huge step forward in fighting the illicit drug market that has harmed our communities for far too long,” said Council Member Olivier. “Passing this ordinance marks the launching point for transformational change; not only will medicinal cannabis patients have safe access to their medicine, but our Professional City Staff will have the revenues needed to address some of the lingering problems our neighborhoods have faced since the Great Recession. I am excited to see the lasting change the introduction of this new industry will bring to the City of Fresno.”