Benicia’s City Council Warms Up to Pot

If last week's council discussions are any indication, commercial pot could soon be welcome in the City of Benicia.

On Tuesday, city council members said they would be willing to explore production and sales of marijuana within city limits, with just one council member flatly rejecting the idea. City leaders will look at the potential impacts on children and public safety before making any moves toward greenlighting marijuana businesses in the city. If they do so, it would probably be in the area of Industrial Park. 

“We sat last week through 2 or 3 hours of a ‘very sobering’ understanding of what our future looks like financially,” said Councilman Steve Young. “I think we have to look at all sources of revenue. The amount of money that’s being collected by other entities, we can’t afford to just let that pass by.”

The dissenter was Mark Hughes, who said it would change the character of the town.

“It will change the fabric of this community. And I’m not willing to take that risk just for the money. I almost feel that I would be selling my soul for the tax revenue, and I’m not willing to do that.”


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