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City of Chico approves permits for pot manufacturing and distribution

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CHICO, Calif. - The City of Chico approved five permits for pot manufacturing and distribution. 

There are two along Cohasset Rd., one on West 8th St., Silver Dollar Way, and Silverbell Rd. 

The centers just have to accept all the rules before they can open and move in. 

Rules include controlling the odor and not being obvious from the outside about what kind of business it is.

Marijuana

"I don't think there will be any bad traffic because there won't be people off the streets going there. It's kind of like the traffic that Xfinity gets and your news station gets, isn't really felt by anybody here," Chico resident Steven Shirley said.

People won’t be able to just walk into one of these centers and buy some pot. 

They're only for manufacturing and distributing to dispensaries. Even so – some people said they're a little concerned with the locations of some of the centers.

"I realize that theoretically, there's not going to be a problem because it's only for distribution. It would seem the location is just a little too central to a housing area,"  Skip Oberdorf said.

City Manager Mark Orme said they spent several months working on the best places to put these centers. 

"They all went through a thorough vetting in accordance with maps that are designated. Those maps being designated for certain uses took into account a variety of aspects of ensuring the safety of the area," Orme said.

Despite the concerns, many are looking forward to the money these new businesses will bring into the City's coffers. 

"I think it's great because it will bring in profit and taxes for the city. It's good. We're going to have it regardless. Might as well keep it local, that way we have that economic value to it," Chico resident Becca Corron said.

The City has been working on bringing these centers to Chico since late last year. There will also be increased security for each center.

Chloe Curtis is a reporter for Action News Now. Feel free to reach out or share story ideas with Chloe on Twitter @chloecurtisnews or by email 4news@actionnewsnow.com.

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