Sonora Approves Commercial Cannabis

The City of Sonora will welcome up to three adult use cannabis dispensaries, manufacturing facilities, and testing laboratories soon.

In a unanimous vote Monday, the City Council legalized recreational cannabis sales. City leaders made the decision over the objections of more than 50 public speakers, including officials from the Tuolumne County education community. The new ordinance also expands the number of allowable medical cannabis establishments.

“The ordinance was approved with a stipulation that the council would later negotiate an additional fee for drug diversion and educational funding about cannabis as a part of the development agreements for potential new dispensaries, though the decision was made to not change the language of the actual ordinance and risk restarting the incremental approval process,” the Union Democrat reports. 

Despite the unanimous approval, there were reservations expressed by some council members. It’s clear that declining sales tax revenue played a part in their decision.

Cannabis businesses will be excluded from the downtown area.