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Oroville Community Members React to Repealed Cannabis Business Ordinance

Now that Oroville will not have a commercial cannabis business, some community members are speaking out about the change in plans.

Posted: Jan 4, 2019 1:31 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Now that Oroville will not have a commercial cannabis business, some community members are speaking out about the change in plans.

The newly appointed city council voted out the ordinance on Wednesday allowing recreational sales to make up for the city budget shortfall. 

Some people living in Oroville say they are glad the ordinance was repealed. 

"All the city wanted to do was make a bunch of money," said Ronald David, a resident in Oroville. "People are going to grow their own or get it from friends. It's not going to make any big difference to anyone I know." 

Some also say that higher taxes are one of the unfavorable aspects of the ordinance. 

"Taxes will be a lot higher for marijuana," said Walter Russell, a resident in Oroville. "A lot of people don't like it, a lot of unhappy customers." 

Oroville Mayor Chuck Reynolds said voters passed a one percent sales tax in November that will increase the town's budget by $3.6 million, helping the town's budget situation. 

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