Proposition 64 was recently passed in the state of California which allows recreational pot possession for adults over the age of 21. One ounce—or 8 grams, in medicinal cannabis products are allowed to be carried which roughly translates into around 57 joints for those whose preferred consumption method is smoking. Although there’s still quite some time for permits to be issued and fees to be arranged, one city in the golden state is already making headlines for becoming a regional hub for commercial marijuana production.
Under the plan that was approved during the recent elections, Sacramento will allow conditional use permits for up to 6,400 square feet of plants in commercial zones. The plan also states that all cultivation sites must occur in fully enclosed buildings with a specific distance from schools and parks, as well as being non-visible from streets, sidewalks, or other public spaces. Besides the cultivation’s site, another hot topic is how cultivation in general will affect the districts—and more importantly the actual neighborhoods they inhabit.
Councilman Jay Schenirer, who crafted the cultivation ordinance, argues necessary steps like taxation must be ensured so that Sacramento properly regulates the marijuana industry while protecting communities. Some folks might not want to live near a cultivation site as it might hinder the neighborhoods property value or rent. Others welcome cultivation warehouses as a positive presence. So, until a fee is set and conditions are managed, the City Council voted to allow cultivators to voluntarily pay a percentage of gross revenue to offset neighborhood impacts. Whether incorporating a special tax is the proper way to go or not, one thing is assured and that’s all neighbors must show unity in supporting the patient’s needs that are relying on the grower’s products.