Reversing course after years of bans, the Fresno City Council voted Thursday to allow medical cannabis dispensaries and other state-licensed businesses in the city.
The decision came after after a lively public hearing that lasted more than two hours. The original proposal by Council President Clint Olivier and Council Members Oliver Baines III and Paul Caprioglio called for medical-only dispensaries, but would have allowed other licensees to serve both the medical and adult-use markets. Brandau made an unfriendly amendment to the resolution to limit all licensing to medical-only. After Olivier conferred with his co-sponsors during a brief recess, he accepted the amendment and the resolution passed on a 7-0 vote.
The 7-0 vote begins the process of rewriting the city’s complete ban on commercial marijuana operations that was adopted earlier this year, the Fresno Bee reports. It will likely be several months, however, before drafts emerge for ordinances and rules that will govern where and how businesses that cultivate, process, manufacture, distribute or sell medical marijuana can operate within the city.