In a meeting on Thursday, November 14, the Fresno City Council voted four-three to narrowly approve an amended version of a cannabis company ordinance, enabling licenses to be issued for 14 adult-use cannabis shops two for each and every of the city’s seven districts.
Beneath the new Cannabis Ordinance, the City Manager will be accountable for deciding who to problem a license to as properly as exactly where it can be employed, even though council members could appeal authorized licenses in their district.
According to police, there are far more at present than 100 unregulated cannabis retailers in Fresno.
Co-sponsor of the ordinance, council member Miguel Arias says that Fresno could reap millions of dollars annually off of adult-use cannabis sales and support fund the police division and other city solutions.
“As a entire, the city estimates that about $10 million a year would be generated alone,” says Arias. “That equates to about 100 officers we could add to the police force on a everyday basis.”
The ordinance also consists of an expansion of Fresno’s social equity policy for licensees.
At least a single of the initially seven retail licenses would be issued by way of a social equity strategy, as would a single of the initially eight industrial licenses such as these for manufacturing, processing, or testing.
A formal adoption vote for the new ordinance is scheduled to take location on December five, 2019 even though Mayor Lee Brand, who has voiced his opposition to recreational cannabis enterprises, has the energy to veto the selection.
Ought to the ordinance pass the formal adoption vote and prevent a veto by the mayor, adult-use cannabis shops could open in Fresno by Summer season of 2020.