While California government’s encroachment on local authority is nothing new, cities typically have more than 60 days to respond to legislation. Author of AB 243, Assemblyman Jim Wood who’s bill it was that set the deadline by mistake, has since issued an urgent legislation that is expected to pass the legislature for Governor Brown to sign. However the bill does not replace the March 1 deadline with another. Nonetheless cities around the foothills are taking the matter seriously so as to not fall under any type of State control on the matter.
The Fresno City Council adopted a Resolution of Initiation on December 14, 2017, to begin the process to amend the City's medical marijuana (cannabis) ordinances. A medical marijuana business may begin the state license application process, however, the City cannot give authorization until the City land use entitlement process is complete and the business has been properly permitted. The City is not currently issuing local permits to establish a medical marijuana business, but may begin to do so depending on the final outcome of the proposed medical marijuana ordinance amendments.
Outdoor personal cultivation is prohibited in all zoning districts. Personal indoor cultivation is allowed in compliance with State and City law inclusive of the number of plants allowed and the amount of processed cannabis possessed. Cultivation must take place within the residence, in a locked room or locked out-building. Notarized Property owner permission is required if the property is not owner-occupied. Registration of the address where cultivation will take place is required. The cost of registration is $100 per year. Failure to register can incur penalties and administrative citations.
Each day, the Medical Cannabis Program receives hundreds of patient applications. The Program has 30 days to approve a completed application from the date we receive it in our office. While it is the patient’s responsibility to submit an application at least 30 days before their card expires, the Program strongly encourages patients submit applications 60 days prior to their card expiring.
Srinivas from Mysuru, Syed from Banashankari and Shivakumara from Bannerghatta, inspired by the food-delivery industry, developed a database of customers who would place an order for ganja (marijuana) on call. The trio delivered the order in 30 minutes using an auto-rickshaw.Srinivas was earlier caught with 26kg of ganja in January 2017 and arrested.
Important Advisory and Disclaimer: Before acting on any marijuana related issue under discussed here or otherwise, it is strongly recommended that the reader confirm the ultimate accuracy of their information source. In many cases, your City Hall official website provides the important information most people want, permits, startups, ordinances and other MMJ matters. If you are involved in a serious matter that involves marijuana; criminal, or business; we advise you to contact a lawyer that specializes in California Cannabis Law and move forward intelligently..
The permitting process will depend on the type of entitlement required by the final ordinance that is ultimately adopted. Typically, it requires an application which is reviewed by the DARM Director but may also require the Planning Commission and Council to consider the permit. An application usually requires a Site Plan and other site specific and business information to be submitted.
Businesses may begin their application process with the Bureau of Cannabis Control in Sacramento so long as they have received a permit from the city they plan to operate in. Each municipality can determine their own rules and regulations as to how commercial cannabis will coexist in their communities, if at all. Cities still hold the final ruling on whether or not marijuana businesses can operate within their jurisdiction.