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 [read more …]
The City Council’s vote to ban all Fresno cannabis gardens was not surprising, but it did spur some old memories. Feels like yesterday, but nearly two years have passed since the outdoor growing ban was up for debate. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, watch this flashback as Fresno police and the City Council get all indignant over outdoor marijuana gardens in 2012. I don’t have the full Planning Commission audio [read more …]
The ink isn’t dry on the Fresno County cannabis ban that was passed Tuesday, so it’s a little early to claim 20/20 hindsight about what it all means. It doesn’t take effect until Feb. 6, and the Fresno County Planning Commission still has a cameo role to play before the curtain falls. (Anyone have a rubber stamp handy?) Even so, some common themes that can be observed in the run-up to the ban, and in [read more …]
Fresno County supervisors voted 5-0 today to approve an ordinance that prohibits all cannabis cultivation, both indoors and outdoors, regardless of patient status or other circumstances. Absent possible legal action, the new Fresno County cannabis ban takes effect Feb. 6. Fresno Bee coverage of the cannabis ban Medical cannabis patients and advocates filled the board chambers in downtown Fresno, and all but one speaker opposed the ban. The exception was a female resident of Squaw [read more …]
This presentation got a decent response at the first Fresno-Clovis Cannabis and Hemp Meetup, so I decided to give SlideShare a shot and see how many others might find it helpful. You can add a post comment below or comment on SlideShare, but the best thing you can do before the Jan. 7 meeting ‐ where supervisors will vote to approve the Fresno County cannabis ban ‐ is share this link with a friend.
Fresno County is circulating a “notice of intent” to adopt findings that a cannabis cultivation ban has no possibility of creating environmental impacts. The public comment period closes Dec. 27, 2013. In technical terms, the notice of intent was generated by county planning staff to comply (on paper, at least) with the California Environmental Quality Act. In general terms, CEQA requires at least an initial study of zoning ordinances and development projects to identify possible [read more …]