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Sacramento To Vote Tuesday On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Richard Vogel / AP Photo

A vendor shows one of an assortment of marijuana strains during the High Times Harvest Cup in San Bernardino, Calif.

Richard Vogel / AP Photo

Tuesday the Sacramento City Council is expected to officially make Sacramento a legal place to buy and sell recreational marijuana in 2018.

The city will recommend allowing some existing medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational pot starting Jan. 1. Sacramento has been on this track since California voters approved legalization last November.

Joe Devlin, Sacramento's Chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement, said the city hopes to embark on an "equity program" to help people who have already been selling marijuana without a license.

"What we're proposing is the establishment of a small business kind of support center that will help what are likely existing illegal cannabis businesses, manufacturers and help them transition into that legal marketplace," Devlin said.

Devlin said the program could include fee waivers or deferrals.

If the council approves, the City would cap the number of registered dispensaries at 30 and would issue new licenses using a lottery system.

The council voted last week to increase the number of police, code enforcement and administrative staff who will be dedicated to marijuana in the city to 54.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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