City leaders said business owners, most from outside the Central Valley, have already secured a number of properties across the city with the hope of submitting an application and being awarded a license
The City Council gave its final approval Thursday that would allow regulated pot businesses to set up shop across the city.
“We’re not going to make a decision until those applicants are scored with the rules that we set and they pass a background check that we expect from owners and operators,” said Arias.
“We’re going to study the traffic impact, the neighborhood impact, air quality of this industry from a city-wide perspective. Every business will have to address and mitigate those concerns at the time they apply for their application,” said Fresno City Council president Miguel Arias.
City leaders on Thursday voted to allow business owners to open pot dispensaries later this year.
Fresno follows Los Angeles and Bay Area cities that began regulating the industry a couple of years ago.
The initial number of dispensaries most likely won’t be that high, but Fresno City leaders hope to begin accepting business applications in the coming weeks
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — After years of debate, the recreational sale of marijuana is coming to Fresno.
“Our police department has no means other than a field sobriety test. There’s no breathalyzer test or swab test to determine whether or not someone has THC two hours ago or two days ago so that’s a big concern for me,” said councilmember Mike Karbassi.
On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana (“AUMA”) Act. This law legalizes nonmedical, recreational marijuana, subject to the regulation of local government jurisdictions in the State of California.
Section 9-3316(b) of the Fresno Municipal Code (FMC) establishes a cannabis social equity program in the City of Fresno. The purpose of the social equity program is to address the historical impact of federal and state drug enforcement policies on low-income communities.
Cannabis Social Equity Program
The City has partnered with Make Green Go, LLC to provide technical assistance services for cannabis social equity applicants.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Barring any unforeseen setbacks, legal pot dispensaries will be up and running within Fresno city limits by this time next year.
“The average cost to make a retail dispensary operational is $1.5 million. When you go through the permitting, construction, the acquisition of property, renovation of the property, it’s not a cheap endeavor,” said Arias.
According to Arias, several prime locations across the city have already been gobbled up by investors hoping to secure a license.