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Q&A on marijuana dispensaries held in Oroville

Oroville, Calif.— About 40 people attended a Q&A session Tuesday night's at the Southside Community Resource Center that was organized by Bobby O'Reiley.

Posted: Jan. 23, 2018 10:27 PM
Updated: Jan. 23, 2018 11:06 PM

Oroville, Calif.— About 40 people attended a Q&A session Tuesday night's at the Southside Community Resource Center that was organized by Bobby O'Reiley.

It comes a week after the city council voted 5-2 to reconsider their current ban on marijuana sales within city limits.

Many concerned residents spoke out on the issue, so much so that the meeting lasted over five hours.

But since they were only given three minutes to address their concerns, Tuesday night was all about more time to process the issue.

"If the city is going to move forward with legalizing cannabis, then it needs to make sure that all of its constituents are well informed and okay with how they're going to move forward as best as possible," said Samuel Monteon, director of the Chico Cannabis Association.

O'Reiley said he decided to organize the event because, "I think it's become a hot topic just because it's been illegal for so long and there's no other cities around us in the immediate area that have done it. There are obvious a lot of concerns for the well-being."

The panel included Jessica MacKenzie, from the Inland Cannabis Farmers Association, as well as District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

Many people in the audience had concerns about the legality of allowing a marijuana dispensary in the city because they feared it would put the city in legal jeopardy given that it's still illegal at the federal level.

Ramsey said when discussing whether or not to allow marijuana sales in the city, public safety has to be first and foremost concern.

Peggie Adamson has lived in Oroville for about 30 years and went into the event against the possibility and felt the same as she left the meeting.

"I want Oroville to grow, and be a positive city, and to bring more industry into the city other than possibly growing marijuana," she said.

O'Reiley said while many continue to be divided on the issue, "it's important to have any dialogue as a community."

The next step in this process is that city staff are researching the issue and drafting a potential ordinance for the city council.

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