SHASTA LAKE CITY, Calif.-- In August of 2017, the City of Shasta Lake became the first city in Shasta County to approve the legal recreational cannabis industry.
Now the Shasta County Grand Jury is releasing their report on whether the rush for the green business
Is now going up in smoke.
In their 18-page report, which Action News Now obtained, it claims the city moved too fast on the measure which resulted in quote “multiple unexpected changes in planning and permitting procedures.”
As well as leaving out written plans, ordinances or procedures to deal with the black market.
Statements that have bothered the Leave it to Nature business owner.
“I’m really disappointed this is a business that has created zero issues for the City of Shasta Lake and that’s basically thanks to the city of Shasta Lake,” said Stacey Hanes.
She adds the city has taken nearly a decade to get to where it’s at and nothing has moved fast.
Adding every aspect that the jury highlighted is something that the city has considered and is working on.
“The grand jury didn’t say anything that hasn’t been talked about I feel like the grand jury comes out here and does a massive investigation and instead of putting the positive light on it they chose to put whatever is negative,” said Hanes.
But for the owner of 530 Cannabis, it hit her differently.
She tells Action News Now in a phone interview that the jury started a great conversation when it comes to the cannabis business.
“It’s an important conversation to have still a lot of work ahead.”
And although city officials were not available for an interview today on what this means for the business.
Owners say this report is raising questions and could soon create discussion about law enforcement, money collection, and the black market.
“It’s to be expected you’re going to have bumps in the road when you get into new permits and planning and processing but John Duckett and his crew they don’t leave any rock unturned,” said Hanes.
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