Chico City Council to discuss commercial cannabis proposal

A plan to bring commercial cannabis shops to Chico will be presented to The City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Posted: Nov 19, 2019 8:45 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A plan to bring commercial cannabis shops to Chico will be presented to The City Council this week.

The new ordinance would make sure commercial marijuana shops would not be too close to schools.

Anita Hill from Chico thinks that is the right move to make.

"I am not trying to say, because people go for medical reasons, and stuff like that, but we don't need that around our children, they are young, they don't need to know anything about that," said Hill.

A dispensary would have to be at least 1,000 feet from middle schools and high schools, they would also need to be at least 600 feet away from grade schools.

Teri Dubose who is on the Cannabis Committee says there’s a reason the distances are different.

"There are barriers at the elementary school level, and they put a farther distance at the intermediate and high school level, where students can go off-campus, so they did not want them to be as close," said Dubose.

This also includes daycares and youth career centers with primary youth center activities.

People will not see these dispensaries in the downtown area, and the city is regulating how many are in one area.

"So they can come, but space them out, you don't need one right on top of the other. They can be like three or five miles apart, not two blocks apart," said Hill.

"There will be approximately three to five dispensaries in the city limits, there will be a cap on that," added Dubose.

The proposal says there would be one store for every 25,000 residents in Chico.

People living in the city still would need to vote on how much they want the stores taxed.

The Chico City Council will be hearing the proposal on Tuesday, Nov. 18, but that does not mean they need to approve it as is.

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