CHICO, Calif. - The Chico City Council is moving forward with its recreational pot shop plan. The ordinance is now out of the council's hands and has been given to city staff to move forward with the process.
Chico City Council members voted to allow for storefront marijuana dispensaries and are still working to get the ordinance locked into place.
“The city council made it a priority to move forward with this process," said city manager Mark Orme. "City staff is still in the midst of getting all the pieces in place in order to authorize the acceptance of permits.”
Orme said they are currently working on an extensive application process. Only four storefront shops will be able to get a permit to sell pot.
“So if somebody has a site they are interested in using, it would have to go through the planning department," said Orme. "It would have to make sure it is authorized in that location and then it would go through the process so it is going to be a test for city staff because this is a new program. We are doing our best to have everything in order so in the coming weeks ahead that application process will be out and folks will know how they can go through the process.”
City Councilman Karl Ory thinks this ordinance will help many ailing people.
“I think of the veterans and the vulnerable seniors that have been commuting or driving to Sacramento in order to have a medicine for them but it also seems to just make sense," said Ory. "It is going to be very low key. It is not going to be downtown, or near schools so it is just about time that we made a sensible solution to rationale access to cannabis.”
Councilman Sean Morgan is against the ordinance but thinks the city council and staff have come up with a good plan.
“I have been opposed to it, but I think what they came up with honestly is okay," shared Morgan. "This was going to happen at some point anyway, so I think the restrictions that they put on things is about as good as they could come up with.”
Some of the restrictions Morgan’s talking about will include size limits on signage, how close shops can be to a school and each other.
The applications for the cannabis ordinance will be available in two weeks on the City of Chico website.