Fresno’s Medical Marijuana Debut is Getting Off to a Slow Start

The process of bringing medical weed to Fresno has been fraught with delays. By the time it comes to fruition, the city will most likely have already legalized recreational cannabis.

As the Fresno Bee notes, medical marijuana dispensaries were supposed to have opened their doors in January. Adult-use shops are slated to open January of next year.

“But the city is still working on the medical pot ordinance and hasn’t taken any applications,” the Bee reports.

The process for approving medical cannabis applications has changed.

“The process for when neighborhoods and business owners are told about the potential for a dispensary to open near them has been moved up, too, according to Councilmember Miguel Arias, who also is on the marijuana committee.”

And city leaders want to make sure they’re giving priority to prospective licensees who have been disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs. It seems unlikely that will all be hammered out within the next four months.

“It’s a little frustrating because the process has taken a lot longer,” said Councilmember Esmeralda Soria. “We’re trying to craft the social policy and regulations.”

Read more at the Fresno Bee


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