Fairfax is Still Debating Cannabis Rules. The Clock is Ticking.

Fairfax is “running out of time” to adopt rules for cannabis businesses in the words of Mayor Barbara Coler. But after 18 meetings, members still can’t agree on the issue.

The current hang-up is buffer zones.

“The council voted 3-2 on Wednesday, with Barbara Coler and Peter Lacques dissenting, to adjust the buffer zone requirements of the ordinance for storefront medical cannabis dispensaries around preschools, daycare facilities and tutoring centers,” the Mercury News reports. 

Absent consensus, the dais opted to delay a vote on a cannabis ordinance.

“The proposed ordinance would broaden existing laws that regulate medical cannabis businesses to allow adult-use cannabis delivery, among other changes.”

Fairfax extended a 2027 moratorium on cannabis sales last year to give itself enough time to develop regulations. That moratorium expires Oct. 31.


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