Concord Makes Big Changes to Its Cannabis Ordinance

Concord, California has amended its cannabis ordinance to allow up to three cannabis storefronts, three delivery businesses, and some cultivation microbusinesses, Bay City News Service reports. Tuesday’s vote was 3-2 with Laura Hoffmeister and Carlyn Obringer voting no.

Other changes made Tuesday night include removing the distinction between medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis uses as included in the city's allowable cannabis license types; raising the maximum number of cannabis product manufacturing licenses from two to five; and removing limits on the number of testing laboratory licenses available. The previous maximum of testing lab licenses was two.

Hoffmeister and Obringer took issue with the mandatory buffer zone between cannabis businesses and sensitive sites like schools. Under the ordinance, businesses must keep a minimum of 250 feet away from these sites. The council members wanted the buffer extended to 600 feet.

The city will evaluate all applications for these marijuana businesses and select finalists based on specific criteria.

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