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File #: 20-2510    Version: 1 Name: Cannabis Ballot Language Discussion
Type: Action Item Status: Administrative
File created: 3/24/2020 In control: Town Council
On agenda: 5/5/2020 Final action:
Title: Discussion and possible direction regarding Town Council placing two ballot initiatives on the November 2020 election regarding cannabis retail businesses.
Attachments: 1. Cannabis Business License Tax Ordinance, 2. Commercial Cannabis Ballot Measure
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Yountville Town Council Staff Report


DATE: May 5, 2020

TO: Mayor and Town Council

FROM: Steven R. Rogers, Town Manager

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Discussion and possible direction regarding Town Council placing two ballot initiatives on the November 2020 election regarding cannabis retail businesses.
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DISCUSSION/BACKGROUND
The Town Council has been discussing and evaluating its current cannabis regulatory scheme since passage of Proposition 64. The Town initially banned all cannabis related activities except for those that were allowed by state law. Subsequently, the Town amended that ordinance to allow for delivery of cannabis within the Town limits. At this time, the Town allows up to 6 plants indoor as required by the personal grow allowance and for delivery of cannabis from a state approved retailer. The Town does not allow cultivation, outdoor growing, lab operations or testing, or permit a cannabis retail business.

The Town Council had previously indicated that it would continue to monitor the ever changing and evolving state regulations regarding cannabis. The Council initially appointed a Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee comprised of Vice Mayor Dorman and Council Member Durham to serve on the committee to research and discuss possible changes in the Town's regulatory framework. The Ad Hoc Committee transitioned to a standing committee which is now comprised of Mayor Dunbar and Vice Mayor Dorman.

The Cannabis Standing Committee further researched the issue and presented the full Town Council with a proposed draft of a possible cannabis regulatory framework for discussion and review purposes. The Town Council has engaged in those discussions. During those discussions there has been vigorous and engaging public feedback from those opposed to and those in support of the possibility of the Town allowing a cannabis retail business. As a part of the community discussion, the question was presented whether it might be appropriate for the Town Council to put ...

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