#californiacannabis – “The City of Coachella is changing how it regulates some of its cannabis businesses. The changes adopted by the city council last week will affect manufacturing, testing, distribution and cultivation businesses, but not retail establishments.

Rules adopted in 2016 required commercial cannabis businesses to have at least five acres to operate. But Development Services Director Gabriel Perez said many new applicants have asked for exemptions to that requirement…..

Both the five-acre requirement and the conditional use permit requirement were lifted on a 3-0 vote from city council. Mayor Steven Hernandez and Councilmembers Neftali Galarza and Denise Delgado voted yes. Mayor Pro Tem Josephine Gonzalez and Councilmember Megan Beaman Jacinto were not present….

Another proposed change to city regulations would have expanded cannabis retail zoning outside of Coachella’s current “sub-zones,” which are in downtown, along Avenue 48 and Grapefruit Boulevard and by Dillon Road….

But the council did not approve having cannabis retail, mainly marijuana dispensaries, spread throughout the city. Hernandez expressed concern that doing so would be unfair to current businesses, some of whom might feel they have to relocate to maintain high visibility. He also noted that councilmembers were not supportive of seeing cannabis on Cesar Chavez Boulevard, a main commercial area.”


Courtesy of the Times of San Diego

#californiacannabis – San Diego – “The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a proposal to place a marijuana business tax on the November ballot.

Supervisors will discuss the exact wording of the measure at an August meeting. If passed by voters, the tax would affect marijuana businesses in the county’s unincorporated areas.”