Cannabis shops in Monterey? The city council could move forward on bringing at least 3 to the city Tuesday night

May 2, 2023 · KSBW 8

The city of Monterey could move forward in the process to allow marijuana dispensaries to operate within city limits at a council meeting Tuesday evening.

According to their agenda, the city council will be deciding if they’ll approve a “Description for Cannabis Businesses.”

If approved, it would bring the city another step closer in the process of bringing at least three marijuana dispensaries to the city.

If the council approves the “Description for Cannabis Businesses,” the community development department can start an environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The process of bringing legal cannabis shops to Monterey has been prolonged.

On Dec. 21, 2021, the city council directed staff to develop regulations allowing no more than three cannabis retail permits, one each in Downtown, Lighthouse, and Cannery Row.

On Nov. 8, 2022, Measure J, the City’s Cannabis Business License Tax, passed, with more than 65% of the voters voting in the election approving the measure.

Those in support of bringing cannabis to Monterey point to the tax revenue it could bring.

The city estimates the Cannabis Business License Tax may raise from about $604,000 to about $1.3 million per year if the city council allows cannabis.

But, a city report published in February showed people have voiced concerns about marijuana businesses opening, including issues such as noise, odor, loitering, and impacts on youth and public safety.

Some of these concerns have been addressed. For example, in the Draft Project Description it states no cannabis business may be located within 600 feet of a school, day care center, or youth center.

The city council meeting, which includes this item, is being held the evening of Tuesday, May 2, at the council chamber at 580 Pacific St., Monterey, California.

The meeting gets underway at 4:00 p.m. (Full Story)

In category:Dispensaries
Next Post

Work stoppage at Chicago-area Rise cannabis stores ends after 13 days

A 13-day strike at three Chicago-area Rise adult-use cannabis stores that began April 19 came to an end Tuesday after parent company Green Thumb Industries offered unionized retail workers a significant wage increase, union officials said. The nearly two-week work stoppage by…
Previous Post

Cannabis tourism in Michigan is a real thing. Here's what to know, where to stay

As people start to make their summer travel plans, there are a growing number of options for travelers to Michigan to consume marijuana on vacation, from cannabis music festivals to consumption lounges and cannabis-friendly lodging. While the number and variety…
Random Post

First Black-owned ‘Detroit legacy’ cannabis dispensary opens

City of Detroit officials are celebrating the opening of the first adult-use cannabis dispensary that is part of a social equity program designed to ensure that Black residents are represented in the legal marijuana industry. Nuggets Cannabis, a Black-owned family…
Random Post

Oklahoma Cannabis Crackdown Continues With Dispensary Fines

Oklahoma is apparently continuing its crackdown on the industry, with marijuana authorities issuing fines to 161 dispensaries – ranging from the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars – for allegedly violating limits on patient purchases. Regulators also are seeking to revoke the permits…
Random Post

American Workers Need to be Protected for Cannabis Use

Punching a clock is just part of daily life for most of us poor schlubs. We get up at the crack of dawn, drag ourselves to whatever is our chosen craft and spend the day grinding away to make ends…
Random Post

DEA Calls For Massive Increases In Psilocybin, Ibogaine And THC Manufacturing This Year To Meet Research Demands

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proposing a dramatic increase in its 2023 production quotas for marijuana compounds and psychedelics like psilocybin and ibogaine to “support research and clinical trials” into the substances. DEA wants to nearly double the amount…