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California Cities Rush To Pass New Marijuana Ordinances Ahead Of March 1 Deadline

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The Fresno County city of Coalinga is hoping to stimulate its economy with revenue from taxing cultivation, dispensaries, and marijuana delivery services.

The City of Modesto and Stanislaus County are also working on local ordinances this week.

In Lodi, City Manager Steve Schwabauer says there is already an ordinance in place allowing indoor cultivation of medical marijuana but banning deliveries and dispensaries.

"They didn't want large dispensaries in town, they didn't want large grows in town, they didn't want a large scale criminal problem associated with those," says Schwabauer. 

The City of Stockton bans dispensaries and is engaged in lawsuits to close down two storefronts.

Tracy Mayor Mike Maciel says his city has nothing on the books yet, and has relied on zoning to keep dispensaries out.

"I would rather see local government being able to regulate itself as opposed to just having to abide by edicts that come down from Sacramento," says Maciel. 

The state regulations would require licensing for dispensaries and commercial growers.

It will allow for personal cultivation except where prohibited by local ordinances.

 medical marijuana

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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