On April 26, 2017, staff conducted a public workshop to discuss proposed cannabis regulations and to provide information on what is allowed under Proposition 64 ("the Adult Use of Marijuana Act"). Additionally, staff asked a series of questions to gain feedback from the public. The workshop presentation is available HERE
A summary of the responses to the questions asked of the public is provided below:
1. Should there be a local tax for marijuana sales?
The attendees were generally supportive of implementing a local tax on retail sales and the
suggested tax amount ranged from 5-10%. There was general support for a cultivation tax, but no
amounts were suggested.
The soonest a tax could be implemented would be the next general election in November 2018 for
a general tax.
2. Is the proposed number of four (4) adult-use retailers and two (2) medicinal retailers appropriate?
The attendee responses were mixed with regards to the number of retailers and the responses varied
from maintaining the current quota of the two (2) medicinal cannabis retailers to having no cap on
the numbers and allowing the market to regulate itself.
3. Should the number of cultivation/manufacturing facilities in the Industrial Park be limited?
Similar to the responses for the appropriate number of retailers, the attendee responses related to
cultivation facilities in the Industrial Park were mixed and ranged from having a cap on the number
of facilities in order to maintain adequate industrial space for other industrial uses to having no
cap since there is limited vacant space and/or landlords willing to rent to cannabis businesses and
the market will regulate itself.
4. Of the three buffer options, which is the most desirable?
Three maps were put on the wall and the
public was asked to place sticker dots on their choice.
The three buffer options presented were: (1) maintain the existing 1,000-foot buffer from schools
(K-12), parks, and libraries for the commercial zones and the State required 600-foot buffer from
schools (K-12), day care centers and child care centers; (2) use a 600-foot buffer from parks and
libraries for the commercial zones and the State required 600-foot buffer from schools (K-12), day
care centers, and child care centers; or (3) use only the State required 600-foot buffer from schools
(K-12), day care centers, and child care centers. Of the three buffer options, there was unanimous
support from the attendees for option 3 (see attachment 3 for the map options and sticker votes).