City Council will hear ‘recreational’ cannabis ban


The Fresno City Council will hold a public hearing on a draft ordinance to prohibit adult-use or “recreational” cannabis businesses. The ordinance was prepared after a 4-3 council vote to ban dispensaries and other business types made legal by Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Although the city has portrayed the proposed ban as only addressing “recreational” businesses, but it comes on top of the city’s existing ban on medical cannabis dispensaries. Medical marijuana has been state-legal since the Compassionate Use Act was passed by California voters in 1996, but the city has banned all dispensaries and personal cultivation, most recently in 2014.

Read the proposed ban and other documents

City set to exempt 6 plants from cultivation ban


UPDATE: On June 22, the City Council voted to a) modify its existing cultivation ban, and b) draft a new ban on adult-use cannabis businesses. The cultivation ordinance came up for final approval July 20 but failed to pass by majority vote. It will come up for another vote as consent agenda item 1-M. Read the draft ordinance here: Any member of the public may request a consent agenda item be pulled for separate [read more …]

Hearing set on Prop. 64 adult-use cannabis ban


IMPORTANT! Read all the staff reports and findings: Under New Matters, Agenda Item C: CONSIDER Text Amendment Application No. TA-17-006 and the related environmental finding to address recreational marijuana operations, dispensaries, sales, and public consumption by prohibiting them in all zone districts within the City 1. RECOMMEND APPROVAL to the City Council of Environmental Assessment No. TA-17-006 prepared for this matter approving a Finding of No Possibility pursuant to Section 15061 (b)(3) of the [read more …]

Mother Of All Bans set for June 22 hearing

Mother Of All Bans set for June 22 hearing

The Fresno City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposal to ban all adult-use cannabis activities in the city. Medical marijuana cultivation and medical dispensaries have been banned for several years. This meeting is a watershed moment for Fresno and every Prop. 215 patient living here. Around the state, cities and counties are working hard to implement regulations for commercial cannabis activities, which are authorized under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety [read more …]

City, county set joint cannabis meeting


The Fresno City Council and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors will hold a joint session (seriously, that’s what it’s called) on several topics, including the “marijuana ordinance” or ordinances. This is a rare chance to double-dip and support reasonable cannabis regulation in both the city and county. The county has already declared its intent to remain a “dry” county, and at least one council member wants the city to follow suit. The only downside [read more …]

Cannabis and hemp conference held in Fresno

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Apr 272017

The first Fresno Cannabis and Hemp Conference was held Wednesday at Bitwise Industries in downtown Fresno. About 60 people attended, many of them interested in commercial cannabis licensing. Many of the cannabis and industrial hemp program materials are posted online. The even also drew some local media coverage, as shown below. First marijuana and hemp conference in Fresno happens at Bitwise |

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