CHICO, Calif. – Commercial cannabis is coming to the city of Chico, and that means storefront marijuana dispensaries.
It was approved Tuesday night by the city council members. The vote passed 5-2, the no votes came from councilmembers Kasey Reynolds and Sean Morgan.
Cannabis shops will be limited to one store for every 25,000 people, meaning there will be a maximum of four shops.
Buffer zones will be mandated with each cannabis shop. Shops will be required to have up to 1,000 feet of distance from schools.
"I think this ordinance makes sense and it will be a benefit to our community members,” said Mayor Ann Schwab.
Neither ordinance passed Tuesday allows the consumption of cannabis in public.
The ordinance was drafted following input from the Downtown Chico Business Association. As a result, it agreed that dispensaries will not be allowed to set up shops in the downtown Chico area.
The city does not yet have a date that business applications that will be available, but the expectation is Jan. 1. The city council will be meeting on Sept. 15 for a second reading.