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File #: 20-2580    Version: 1 Name: Cannabis Ballot Language Discussion
Type: Action Item Status: Administrative
File created: 5/13/2020 In control: Town Council
On agenda: 5/19/2020 Final action:
Title: Discussion and possible direction regarding Town Council placing two ballot measures on the November 2020 election regarding cannabis retail businesses.
Attachments: 1. Commercial Cannabis Ballot Measure (5-13-2020) (Redline), 2. Commercial Cannabis Ballot Measure (5-13-2020) (Clean), 3. Cannabis Business License Tax Ordinance, 4. Potential Cannabis Overlay Zone Locations
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Yountville Town Council Staff Report


DATE: May 19, 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 measures on the November 2020 election regarding cannabis retail businesses.
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DISCUSSION/BACKGROUND
At its meeting on May 5, 2020, the Town Council provided further direction to Town Staff on this item. Based on this direction, Town Staff has removed the requirement for secondary retail for cannabis retail businesses and made technical, conforming changes throughout. Topics for discussion by the Town Council at this meeting include: the possibility of including a cannabis overlay zone in one of the ballot measures, whether to remove or expand upon the requirement for "substantial community benefit" by cannabis retail businesses, and any other direction from the Town Council regarding the ballot measures. Below is a discussion of the process and ballot measures generally.

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 H...

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