Commercial cannabis one step closer to coming to Chico

The application process has re-opened for potential cannabis businesses in Chico city limits.

Posted: Jun 2, 2021 7:57 AM
Updated: Jun 2, 2021 9:22 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The application process has re-opened for potential cannabis businesses in Chico city limits.

In a 4-3 vote, the council voted to re-open the application process Tuesday night.

There were several people attending the city council meeting, one of them includes a current applicant.

He spoke in front of the council members and explained at the podium that its a long bureaucratic process.

"The overall timeline of the licenses just for everyone's perspective," said David Petersen, a current cannabis business applicant, explaining that "working in government for the last 20 years we're looking at probably - if you guys say go tonight - a year and a half from now maybe doors open. So we're quite a ways out."

Petersen also said that the state will have its own review process for approved Chico applicants.

The council put a pause to cannabis business applications in December 2020.

Councilmembers Sean Morgan, Kami Denlay and Mayor Andrew Coolidge cast the three votes against continuing the application process.

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