CHICO — Cannabis is set to be at the forefront of discussions Tuesday among Chico City Council members as they look at the possibility of adding new business types to the city’s existing ordinance.
The council asked City Attorney Vincent Ewing during a December 7 meeting to take another look at the ordinance as well as at cannabis-related businesses such as manufacturing, distribution and laboratory testing to find out what is possible for the city could.
Ewing will return to council with a recommendation that she use her legislative power to solicit applications to conduct more commercial cannabis activities beyond just storefronts.
One of the primary reasons the council asked Ewing to take another look at the matter was an opportunity to create revenue for the city. Several members of the public involved in the cannabis industry advised and spoke to the city on the matter.
In terms of delivery, the closest sites are in Redding and Sacramento, which can cause problems for local storefront owners ordering for their stores.
As of the council’s December 7 meeting, there were 24 proposed cannabis storefronts moving forward in the licensing process.
According to the relevant agenda report which will be presented to the Council, there will be no financial impact from the discussion, although revenue can be generated if approved.
Speaking of revenue, the city plans to go ahead with the November 2022 elections with a ballot that would increase sales tax by one percent. On Tuesday, the council will decide whether to authorize an agreement with outside adviser Clifford Moss to come up with language for the ballot.
A presentation was made during a meeting in September at which the council approved a request for proposals after determining the tax requirement for city departments based on an estimated 10-year cost.
The contract with Clifford Moss would cost up to $91,500.
During an October 19 meeting, the city council asked employees to come up with a letter of support for mental health and drug treatment, which would be sent to California representatives in the northern state.
The city council heard a follow-up presentation on November 2 from Butte County Behavioral Health Director Scott Keneally, which discussed what support would be like with a focus on homelessness and mental illness.
City manager Mark Orme will return on Tuesday with a draft of the letter for Mayor Andrew Coolidge, on which council has authorized it.
Chico City Council meets mostly on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. at 421 Main St. Meetings are free and open to the public.