Fresno City Council OKs medical cannabis licensing

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Dec 162017
Fresno City Council OKs medical cannabis licensing

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 …]

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 [read more …]

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 …]

Apr 102015

Faced with opposition from Prop. 215 patients, the Fresno City Council voted down a cannabis cultivation ordinance to allow limited indoor growing. Thursday’s 4-3 vote represented an about-face from the March 26 hearing, where the council voted 5-2 to approve the ordinance. The measure would have allowed patients to grow up to four plants indoors after securing a “special permit” from the city. Under Fresno Ordinance 2014-20, all growing is prohibited. While Fresno Cannabis Association [read more …]