Bronson Said Given The Lengthy Permitting Process, He Doesn’t Expect Actual Medical Cannabis Businesses To Open Up In The City Until Early 2018.

“This really situates us a progressive coastal community that is moving in the right direction.” You won’t see pot shops popping up overnight, however — the businesses still have to apply for and receive two different types of city permits, which they can’t even begin applying for until mid-June. (The Monday vote doesn’t go into effect until 30 days after the decision, meaning around June 14.) The businesses are required to apply for both a traditional land-use permit that is subject to approval by the Planning Commission and City Council, like other businesses that open in the city, as well as a special “cannabis business” permit that will require them to adhere to a stringent set of regulations addressing smell, safety and other marijuana-niche concerns. This really situates us a progressive coastal community that is moving in the right direction. Bronson said given the lengthy permitting process, he doesn’t expect actual medical cannabis businesses to open up in the city until early 2018. The city will also limit the number of dispensaries — one of the most visible and high-profile types of business allowed — to two. That may not seem like a lot (the council originally pondered allowing four), but for a county that has not had a brick-and-mortar dispensary since 2007, it will still exponentially increase the availability of medical marijuana in the region. Bronson confirmed that the city has already had inquiries by groups interested in opening “a range” of cannabis-related businesses in the city, including brick-and-mortar dispensaries. For now, the businesses will deal strictly in medical marijuana, since the state’s legalization framework for selling recreational marijuana still hasn’t been finalized. After January 2018 — the state’s expected deadline for set up recreational licenses — that could change, paving the way for recreational marijuana businesses in Grover Beach.

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